Put on Your Pads Crabtree!

Lee TawilContributor ISeptember 16, 2009

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 01:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during practice as quaterback Alex Smith #11 practices during the 49ers Minicamp at their training facilities on May 1, 2009 in Santa Clara, California. Crabtree was the 49ers first round draft pick.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

As the Michael Crabtree saga continues, the wide receiver out of Texas Tech is missing out on some valuable playing time. I understand that he wants to get the amount of money that was awarded to Darius Heyward-Bey for being the first wide receiver taken in last April’s NFL Draft, but he needs to realize what he is doing by being inactive.

By holding out, Crabtree is lowering his value because the NFL is not waiting for him, it is going to continue play without him. This means that Crabtree will be behind the learning curve when it comes to getting comfortable with the team’s plays, and it will take a longer time for him to be a large part in the offense. Also, there are wide receivers currently showcasing their talents on the collegiate level that will probably have more value than a receiver who sat out for an entire year.

If Crabtree does not get the money that he thinks he deserves from the 49ers, he wants to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Of course, Crabtree being the self-absorbed guy that he is, thinks that he will undoubtedly be the first receiver taken in that draft. What Crabtree is missing, other than game-time right now, is the fact that people do not want to deal with his attitude issues. By showing that he is willing to hold out for a year, it is only going to hurt his stock in another draft, and teams are more likely to draft a player like Dez Bryant who has a fine character, as well as a ton of talent.

He has an opportunity right now to sign with a team on the rise in the San Francisco 49ers, and he should decide to play with them now. If he is truly as good as he thinks that he is, then he will earn his money by the way he plays in his first few years in San Francisco. Instead of making the money out of his accomplishments in college, Crabtree should love the fact that he has the opportunity to earn his money based on his performance on the professional level. That way he would really be earning his paycheck instead of being lazy and hoping that his collegiate performance should set him for life.

If he is able to produce on a high level with the 49ers, there is no doubt that they will pay him what he is worth. They are lacking that number one receiver, and he could be the perfect guy to fill that role. If Crabtree would just see the big picture of the situation, he will see that joining the 49ers is the correct choice to make at this current time.