Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. Crabtree
Not only 49ers faithful, but a lot of readers of SportsAgentBlog.com, are getting crabby with Eugene Parker. Fans of the game of football cannot stand seeing one of the best wide-receivers in the 2009 NFL Draft class miss the first week of the season, and possibly the remaining fifteen games on the schedule. A couple of days ago, I had heard that Michael Crabtree holding out until next draft was actually likely to happen, but then when the 49ers knocked off the Cardinals, which did not bode well for my Pick ‘Em score, Crabtree started to show some anxiety.
Yesterday was Crabtree’s birthday, which is probably a strong reason for him leaving the Bay Area. I would not look too far into it and surmise that his leaving has anything to do with him completely breaking off conversation with the 49ers.
The clock continues to tick, and Crabtree remains far away from competitive football. Each game Crabtree misses will likely change the 49ers offer to the disgruntled wide-out. Why pay a player the same amount you were going to pay him before the season, if he is only going to play a fraction of the regular season games?
He left school early, so I guess he can at least tell himself that if he stayed another year at Texas Tech, he would not be making any money, anyway. At least now, with his student-athlete tag removed, Crabtree can take as much money as he wants from any interested party (I’d bet that Eugene Parker is on that list).