Darius Heyward Bey (DHB) got his deal done, but considering the ludicrous contract demands that Parker has already made, I am not sure that even if the 49ers succumb and pay Crabtree the SAME money as DHB, Parker would be satisfied.
You see, Parker has been talking about top FIVE money. I don't know how he can ever “play that down” to less money then DHB.
Parker is an idiot. Therefore, he will do everything in his power to save face. Even if it means a year-long holdout.
Don't forget TWO reputations are on the line here. The 49ers can't seem like they will fold like a wet tissue to every agent out there. And Parker has already committed to an outlandish presumption of value, which will make him look foolish if he backed down.
Remember, this is NOT Poker. In Poker the cards are hidden.
This is a game of “Parker,” and he's not playing with a full deck.
Just think about it for a second.
Imagine Parker agrees to the same money as the No. 8 overall pick, Monroe.
If Parker backs off this far from his original demands, it will make Parker look weak and/or silly, and/or unprofessional.
I don't think Parkers ego, much less his reputation could handle that.
Now turn the tables.
Let's say the 49ers agreed to pay Crabtree the same money as the No. 5 overall pick. What do you think this would do for THEIR reputation?
Every “gold digger” and bamboozala since the days of old Methuselah would circle above 49er headquarters just waiting for a chance to pounce and pull off the same type of shenanigans.
From such a horrendous pretense, SOMEONE is going to have to come out of this smelling like roses, and SOMEONE is going to have to come out of this smelling like, well, a rosebush that just got sprayed by a skunk.
The worst part of all, is the possibility which neither side wants, the possibility that NEITHER side takes the bullet (which like I pointed out would be VERY tough for either to do) and this thing remains stalemated for the whole year.
One would HOPE Parker realizes that his client is going to lose TONS of money if that scenario, in fact, transpired. One would hope.
But in an age of “winning;” in an age in which I'm sure both negotiators have read books roughly titled, “WIN WIN WIN, How to WIN EVERY Negotiation Without Really Even Trying And Make The Other Side (The Big Losers) THINK They WON, by Winners Inc.,” I am not sure if there is any possible avenue out of “Stalematesville.”
Both sides want to be “winners,” therefore, both will come out losing in the end.
Parker is demanding a bailout, but last time I checked he was a sports agent, not a hedge fund manager.
No bailout is coming buddy.
Instead, you're going to have to be paid what you're worth for a change; what a novelty.