“I’ll think about it.”
“Maybe, but I can’t make any promises.”
“All right, fine. Let’s get this over with.”
If the countdown to NFL training camp doesn’t remind NFL front office executives of the days leading up to high school prom, then I don’t know what does.
Like your hesitant prom date, NFL rookies are becoming more and more likely to hold out for a better offer, even if that means going stag through training camp.
Where to begin?
As if your invitation by means of a first round selection weren’t flattering enough, you’ve got to make your NFL rookie feel “special".
So take them out on the town and wine and dine them at an extravagant restaurant (where you’ll undoubtedly be expected to tell them how good they look…on tape).
Once you fulfill your duties as ego masseuse, you must get down on one knee and beg. Nothing says “I want you” like a thousand late night voicemails to your rookie’s agent.
Throw in a mix-tape or two and you’re in business.
“I promise, if you sign with me, you’ll be my one and only [insert positional name].
Forget [insert high-priced free agent the team may or may not be targeting] and [insert soon to be released NFL veteran], you are my man.”
Placed in the characteristically female role of playing hard to get, it’s no wonder these first round draft picks receive appropriately emasculating labels such as “divas”.
Following the (un)pleasantries of seeing grown men beg, your NFL rookie will provide you the “honor” of buying their ticket to the big dance.
Like prom, you’ll be paying in advance for services you undeniably expect, yet will likely never receive.
In the end, it’ll all work out…for better or for worse.
After all, no one wants to be “that rookie” who thinks he’s above the team, just as no one wants to be that girl without a date.
Will this dance be a sign of great things to come? Will your NFL organization be one of the lucky few to marry their rookie sweetheart?
Time will tell. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, prom dates and first round draft picks rarely ever “make it”.
As the one-contract-stand comes to an end, your first round selection will have a similar four letter “b” word to be remembered for years down the road.
The San Francisco 49ers will undoubtedly do a similar dance before the big dance.
The question is: will Michael Crabtree accept the 49ers’ advances in time for training camp?
The following is a breakdown of five reasons that 49er fans can expect to see Michael Crabtree at 49er training camp.