San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary was reporting on Monday that the 49ers have discussed changing the offer to their top pick in April’s draft. The 49ers selected Michael Crabtree a playmaking sophomore from Texas Tech. Crabtree is the lone remaining draft pick yet to sign a NFL contract. It is reported that the 49ers have offered Crabtree a 5 year contract and $20 million, $16 million is believed to be guaranteed.
Coach Singletary said he is unaware if the team has already reached out to the frustrated first rounder, but admitted that the team has discussed the idea. Michael Crabtree would be a dynamic playmaker, who in time would help the passing game.
However at this point in the season I personally believe he has missed to much. If Crabtree where to sign now I believe it would send the wrong message. Coach Singeltary has spent the last year trying to change the franchise, and set them in the right direction. Crabtree has missed training camp, minicamps, preseason, and a regular season game at this point. Realisticly Crabtree has missed almost half of the season already.
Crabtree seems to be under the illusion that he can hold out the entire 2009 season and enter the draft again in 2010. Which indeed is something he has the right to do, however if he does follow through with that threat he will never get a better contract offer next year. It just won’t happen! His draft slot will drop in year two, and the money just won’t be on the table. Crabtree’s best option is signing now and reporting as soon as possible.
My own personal opinion, I would love to see Crabtree hold out the entire year, and have the 49ers hold strong on their offer. Then Crabtree would lose a year of his career and a ton of money as well. 2010 would not come quick enough and Crabtree would see his draft slot plunge, maybe even into the late 2nd or potentially even 3rd round.
Getting drafted in a position like that would see his potential contract cut drastically. Maybe that would send a message to the rest of the young players in the league, and their agents as well. If the situation where to unfold with a year long holdout, followed by a draft drop and salary reduction the owners would get back a huge piece of leverage.
I understand that these guys have to work extremely hard to be in the kind of shape required of an NFL player. But honestly what can one provide for his family with $20 plus million, that he couldn’t do with $8 -$10 million. It time for the owners to make a statement.
The salaries are growing more outrageous each year. With each new huge contract it is the fans that suffer the most, raised ticket prices, increased merchandise prices. The ever growing pay per view style of NFL network, and Sunday Ticket.
If the 49ers stand strong and refuse to alter their offer, it could go a long way towards changing the entire landscape of the NFL.