One report coming from Pro Football Talk is saying that Crabtree is threatening to sit out the season and reenter the draft. Of course after this report came out, Crab’s agent Eugene Parker is doing damage control and saying that is not the case. It seems that some douche, a cousin and advisor of Crabtree was the one who said Crabtree would sit out. Following are the two reports.
Per a league source, agent Eugene Parker is telling the 49ers that Crabtree will sit out the season re-enter the draft in 2010, unless the team gives Crabtree what he wants.
There’s also a growing chorus of league insiders who are speaking out against the widely-believed effort by Parker to blow up the slotting process with Crabtree. Teams obviously would contend that the unwritten rules of draft-pick negotiation ritual should be honored; however, some of the agents who arguably would benefit from the introduction of chaos privately have described efforts to blow the curve as “inappropriate” and “unacceptable” and “wrong.”
And if Crabtree opts to re-enter the draft next year, the current thinking is that he wouldn’t be the first receiver drafted. For now, the guy who is regarded as likely to be the first wideout (and possibly the first overall pick) is Illinois junior Arrelious Benn.
Here is the comment from his douche of a cousin David Wells.
San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree is prepared to sit out this season and re-enter the NFL draft in 2010, David Wells, Crabtree’s cousin and adviser, said Thursday.
“We are prepared to do it,” Wells said. “Michael just wants fair-market value. They took him with the 10th pick and you have Darrius Heyward-Bey [the seventh overall pick by the Oakland Raiders] getting $38 million? This week is crucial. Michael was one of the best players in the draft and he just wants to be paid like one of the best players. This week is very crucial.”
Eugene Parker working damage control
To follow up an earlier item, the receiver’s agent, Eugene Parker, went on record saying he has never threatened the 49ers about having Crabtree skip this season to re-enter the draft.
Parker: “You’ve known me a long time and I’m not a guy who makes threats. Nor am I a guy who negotiates in the public. I don’t know where this came from but no such threat has been made.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat quotes a 49ers source as confirming what Parker is saying. I just spoke with a 49ers spokesman who offered this: “The 49ers are not going to negotiate in the media. In our view, there has been open and positive communication between both sides.”
Sounds to me as though Crabtree’s cousin and adviser — the man who said Crabtree would be “prepared” to sit out the season — might have overstated things.
Source: PFT, ESPN