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Crabtree talks could get ugly
Posted Jul. 25 at 04:11 PM
San Francisco beat writer Matt Maiocco thinks that Michael Crabtree might not be present when the 49ers open training camp.
Crabtree was the 10th pick of the draft, but he – his agents, at least – are trying to get a contract more in line with a top-5 guy. Many thought Crabtree would be selected up in that range, so they’re trying to recoup at least some of that money.
And Maiocco points out that Crabtree’s agent, Eugene Parker, isn’t a stranger to playing hardball.
“At least four of Parker's clients had contract issues last season,” writes Maiocco. “Bills tackle Jason Peters skipped 43 days and missed the season opener. Rams running back Steven Jackson held out for 27 days before signing a new contract. Bears return man Devin Hester did not report for the first two days of camp before signing a new deal. And Cardinals rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie missed two practices before signing his contract.”
It only has me feeling more comfortable with my current position that Crabtree isn’t going to be any better than all of the other receivers selected in the first round. Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Kenny Britt – all of those guys might wind up being better than Crabtree. And I could see Josh Morgan being San Francisco’s best wide receiver this season.
Posted by Timothy Scott | Jul. 26 at 02:00 AM
This situation could get real ugly considering everything heard earlier out of camp about him was negative. He doesn't run good routes, still exhibiting that prima donna attitude and has had so many problems in practice he's almost broken down crying at times. I don't think you'll be seeing much from him this year or even ever perhaps. Josh Morgan to me is the up and coming star for this teams group of WR's. You have to remember that most rookie WRs don't do much in their first year. Moss, Boldin's and Jackson's only come around once in awhile. Usually because of the right situation and/or lack of talent surrounding them.
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