Dear San Francisco 49'ers,
It has been reported that you have a problem on your hands. A problem that is very novel in nature. This problem's name is Michael Crabtree, and as has been reported, he is threatening to sit out the season unless he is paid more than the 23.5 million dollars guaranteed to the draft pick of the Raiders, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and also threatened to re-enter next year's draft, according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports.
Dan Wetzel has an interesting take on pre-draft hype and how it has affected Mr. Crabtree's thinking. He states that since Michael Crabtree was touted as the best receiver in the draft and that he was predicted to be selected as the first receiver without a doubt, Michael Crabtree then believes that he deserves to be paid at least... AT LEAST 23.5 million dollars!!!
Okay, 49'ers... save yourself the heartache and let this guy go. I'm not going to talk smack about Crabtree, because I don't know the guy and only know of him as a football player, but in all honesty, this mind-set of his reflects his personality. Two words, in my opinion, describe Michael Crabtree... Prima Donna. You once had another receiver who is widely considered a prima donna, and that did not turn out very well in the end, so the following reasons should make you think twice about paying this guy a ridiculous amount of money he hasn't even earned yet!
Reason #1: A hunger for money is just that... he's obviously in this for the moolah and not for the love of the game. A player that is willing to take a pay-cut for the betterment of his team is a true football player in my opinion, and Crabtree's absurd request will surely get the 49'ers in financial straits, preventing them from adequately re-building.
Reason #2: NFL veterans probably are looking at this guy with a fury in their hearts. Who does this kid think he is? He hasn't contributed one darn thing to the 49'ers and he expects them to hand over 23.5 million dollars, just like that? Until Michael Crabtree has contributed his blood, sweat and tears to this organization, he doesn't deserve even half of that amount.
Final Reason: San Fran, there are better out there than him... look at Jerry Rice, who used to play for you guys, he played at Mississippi Valley State, and thanks to the awesome scouting department you guys had, the 49'ers were able to pick probably the greatest receiver who ever played the game. Jerry Rice was a true player, and was in it for the team. Just because Michael Crabtree was a star in college doesn't mean he's going to be a star in the NFL, as we've seen many times, college stardom certainly DOES NOT guarantee NFL stardom!
So when Michael Crabtree comes in for the final meeting on this, tell him see ya buddy! Cause he doesn't deserve 23.5 million and will not deserve it until he proves he does by contributing and playing his heart out for you guys!