Keep Fighting For Those Millions, Michael Crabtree

Brandon BoydContributor IAugust 7, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  NFL player Michael Crabtree arrives at the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for ESPY)

The 49ers and Michael Crabtree are living a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"Money often costs too much."

An adviser to Michael Crabtree recently said that Michael Crabtree would be willing to return to the 2010 NFL Draft if he didn't get the money he wanted.

It's all about the Benjamins, isn't it?

Sure, that's what they're arguing over, but in the end, that's not what it's all about.

For Michael Crabtree, it's costing him valuable time in training camp.  It's costing him the opportunity to win a starting job (which, with the 49ers current cast of WRs, is about as difficult as a single digit addition problem).

For the 49ers, it's costing them a chance to win.  Not having Crabtree on the field weakens the already famished weapons for the 49ers starting QB (Shaun Hill...or Alex Smith...or, whoever).

Here's the thing: I don't blame Michael Crabtree one bit.

It's something I've said about all athletes; if you can get the money, go for it. 

In today's economy, sometimes, every penny should be fought for.

Sure, arguing when the figure involves millions of dollars may seem petty, but if Crabtree feels he's worth more, he should try and get that amount.

The 49ers didn't have to draft him, after all.

Nine other teams didn't.  One of those teams, the Raiders, drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey, not Crabtree, with the 7th selection.

He's making $38 million.

While Heyward-Bey was drafted before Crabtree, he wasn't projected to.  While it may seem like a flimsy argument, you can't argue that Crabtree is a great talent.

In the end, there will likely be a compromise between the two sides, and a deal will be reached.

Even when a deal is reached, both sides will have learned a valuable lesson.

Money costs too much.

Time, respect, happiness.

But if, for some reason, Crabtree doesn't reach a deal, maybe he should re-enter the NFL Draft.

After all, maybe the other Bay Area team, Oakland, will pair you with Darrius Heyward-Bey.  Or, perhaps, the Cowboys will grab you to replace their old drama with some new drama.

On second thought...stick with the 49ers, Michael.