Gotta get it while the getting's good
Gotta strike while the iron's hot, 'fore you stop
Then you gotta bid it, good riddance
Jay-Z “My 1st Song”
The Jets practice in Long Island and play in New Jersey. They operate like the goodfellas who live in both. They scoff at authority, laugh when breaking the rules, and shrug off the penalties. Failure to report an injury. Allegations of tampering from the Patriots, Broncos, and most recently the San Francisco 49ers.
And like all good mobsters, they deny it. Find me guilty! Rex Ryan looks like a Cosa Nostra henchman. Tannenbaum is no better with his ill-fitting Italian suits.
This latest allegation of tampering with the 49ers involves unsigned rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Crabtree, at the brilliantly sound advice of his cousin/agent or agent/cousin Eugene Parker, is still holding out for more money.
Parker must be employed by the Master P sports agency, the geniuses that negotiated Ricky William’s rookie deal with the Saints.
Crabtree was selected 10th overall but is adamant that he should be paid as if he was a top five overall selection. Apparently, the 49ers' offer of five years and $20 million with $16 million guaranteed will not suffice. Psychologists are aptly diagnosing this condition as the Sprewell Syndrome.
Crabtree and Parker are threatening to sit out the season and re-enter the 2010 draft, where they confidently believe he will be drafted higher than 10th and be granted the contract he rightfully deserves. The 49ers believe that the Jets have contacted Parker and expressed interest in either trading for Crabtree’s rights or drafting him in 2010 and meeting his contract demands.
The NFL’s trade deadline is Oct. 20, and the 49ers must either sign Crabtree by Nov. 19, or lose his draft rights. Quite the conundrum. Or is it? Do the 49ers really want, or need, Crabtree now? I’m sure the fans in San Francisco are awaiting his arrival as much as literary critics and Pulitzer voters are awaiting Sarah Palin’s newly penned memoir.
It’s clear that Crabtree is uninterested in donning the red and gold. He just wants gold. The 49ers can avoid anymore team distractions and chemistry killers by trading Crabtree to the Jets. Wasn’t T.O. enough for a decade or two. Leave the drama to that other team across the Bay bridge.
The Jets are actively lusting for a big time wide receiver. Let them have another young stud to complement Mark Consuelos, err, Sanchez. Crabtree on the Jets would remind so many fans of the entertaining Keyshawn Johnson years. The Big Apple always needs another diva. Can’t let A-Rod have all the fun!
The 49ers are 2-1 but are only a few seconds and a Favre miracle away from being 3-0. That ole gunslinger is still at it. Their strength of schedule is one of the easiest, and they have a legitimate chance at competing for the NFC West crown...all without Crabtree.
The 49ers have a strong team. Frank Gore was off to a great start before this past Sunday’s injury and rookie Glen Coffee will fill in nicely. With those two together, they can produce a formidable running back tandem with the likes of the Vikes Adrian Peterson-Chester Taylor, Giants Brandon Jacobs-Ahmad Bradshaw, Cowboys Marion Barber-Felix Jones, and the Ravens Ray Rice-Willis McGahee.
Tight End Vernon Davis is an emerging star. Quarterback Shaun Hill has played surprisingly well. Both former Terps! ACC reppin’ time! The offense does lack any true receiving threats. Isaac Bruce is too old to be a number one receiver. He prefers Ensure to Gatorade before and during games.
Josh Morgan is not yet reliable, or consistent enough for that role either. But Coach Singletary’s run first, ball control offense can make due without.
The 49ers field a strong defense as well. Their rushing defense has played great. Their passing defense needs to improve. Linebacker Patrick Willis is one of the NFC’s best, and currently ranks in the top 10 in tackles. Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson, both young linebackers, are playing well, and have the potential to play better.
The 49ers should trade Crabtree to the Jets for a first, and second round pick in the 2010 draft. With two first round picks in the 2010 draft, the 49ers can address two pressing needs at wide receiver and defensive lineman or defensive back.
Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant and Illinois’ Arrelious Benn are both big-time receivers, and either one can satisfy the 49ers needs. The second first-round pick should be used on either a defensive lineman or defensive back. Luckily, the 2010 draft should offer plenty of choices.
Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, Ole Miss’s Greg Hardy, Florida’s Carlos Dunlap, Syracuse’s Arthur Jones, Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy, and Alabama’s Terrence Cody are all first-round talents that would add some much needed youth to the 49ers D-line. Because there are quite a number of good defensive tackles, some will surely fall to the second round where San Fran will have another two picks.
The 49ers might want to opt for a defensive back since the pool is considerably thinner. USC safety Taylor Mays, and Tennessee safety Eric Berry are both studs. Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson might be the only cornerback with first round talent.
It’s been over two weeks since the 49ers and Eugene Parker have had contact. 49ers GM Scot McCloughan needs to move on from Crabtree. He’s just not that into you. Fix the situation expediently so that it doesn’t cause anymore distraction for the team.
Don’t allow this fiasco to run into November when the 49ers might be making a late season run at the playoffs. The trade deadline is looming. Make the trade, thank the Jets. It could be the 49ers’ saving grace.