Veteran LB Spikes Speaks Out on Holdout Rookie Crabtree


There’s still plenty of talk about drafted WR Michael Crabtree, and what is going to happen with him in the future when it comes to playing in the NFL or possibly re-entering the NFL draft in 2010. Players are starting to speak out on Crabtree, and current Niner Takeo Spikes did just that on Monday.

Spikes spoke out on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio saying he understands Crabtree’s attitude towards the business side of being a player in the NFL. “As players, nobody is against Michael Crabtree,” Spikes said. “As players, we understand the business of the game because if you’re fortunate enough to stay in it long enough you’re gonna go through some disputes as to whether or not you’re getting paid your value or you’re underpaid, or whether or not there’s a team that wants to pay you. Now, one thing I can say is that I know he has to handle his business…”

Spikes says that for now, Crabtree isn’t a concern of the players in the locker room, as he’s not around, and that’s that. “…We feel as a whole that we would like to have him in because a guy with such great talent that he has, it deserves to be shown on Sunday, period. But from our aspect, though people ask, ‘What are y’all going to do, what do you think?’ … well, from players it’s hard to miss something you never had and so that’s the way we see it. And until he comes here, we’ll make adjustments. But other than that, it’s about the guys right now that are in the locker room.”


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