Beyonce's "Ego" should be the theme song for Michael Crabtree after recent events with the 49ers. News broke around 12:30 today on SportsCenter when David Wells, Crabtree's adviser and cousin, said that the wide receiver was preparing to sit out the 2009 season and re-enter the draft next year. Of course, it was about money.
Wells said that Michael wants a fair market value. He even explained how it's not fair that fellow draftee Raiders wide receiver Darrius-Heyward Bey (seventh overall pick) gets a $38.25 million, but Crabtree is not getting the kind of money he wants.
Here's the difference with the Raiders & 49ers. The Raiders are looking to build in the passing game, and DHB is looked at as the future of the franchise. As for the 49ers, Crabtree has starter potential, but the top guy on the receiving core is Isaac Bruce. Also, the organizations are run differently.
This is another reason why rookies shouldn't receive big contracts. It's like when they get drafted, they all of a sudden think they're on top of the world. However, they did not go through the wear and tear on Sundays to become a great player. When I read the article by Dan Parzych on rookies earning big contracts over veterans who paved the way for these guys, it was the truth.
Why would you sit out the entire year and re-enter the draft? Yeah he could re-enter himself for next year and be the first receiver picked—the WR class for next year's draft is not strong.
However, teams are cautious when looking at a player's actions, even motives. This is not only a slap in the face to the San Franscisco 49ers, but to the 31 teams and the NFL as a whole. Here's the thing: there could have been discussions of a new deal; but you gotta get out there and earn that contract, not cry and complain like a kid with a silver spoon in your mouth.
Ever since the game against Texas in which Crabtree caught that game-winning touchdown, his ego got bigger than Texas, no pun intended. Does it destroy his career? Kinda. Does it destroy his credibility? Yes. What about his character? Yes
You want to make a good impression and show humility, not only as a player, but as a human. How do you expect not only the organization but your peers (teammates and opponents) to take you seriously? It's puts a bad stain on your reputation and how you wanna build yourself in the pros.
What's sad about this is that Crabtree is one of hell of a player. He's athletic, has a nice set of hands, and possesses a perfect build for a prototype receiver. However, it's all about personality and it stands out to the public.
I think it would be bad idea to sit out and start over from scratch. He can't go back to Texas Tech and say "Hey, I wanna come back for my senior season". To make a decision to forgo your years in college for the next level, that's it. There's no turning back when making a decision like that.
Hopefully, Crabtree reconsiders his decision and get on the field. It's sad to waste your God-given abilities/talents over foolishness of wanting a big contract.