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Seed Planted: If Michael Crabtree Holds Out For Year, He Could Be Next Ryan Leaf

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IAugust 7, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  Football player Michael Crabtree poses for a portrait on April 21, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images for Subway)

This isn't the first time in the history of the NFL that the top pick in the draft has threatened to not sign his rookie contract. It happened just five years ago, when Eli Manning told the San Diego Chargers that he would not play for them.

Wait a minute, Michael Crabtree wasn't drafted at the top of the draft? He wasn't even the first wide receiver taken!

As first reported on profootballtalk.com, Michael Crabtree has stated that he does not want to be paid as the tenth player taken, he wants to be paid the way he was supposed to be taken.

See, there are a lot of people that do these things called mock drafts prior to the real NFL Draft. Most of them are writers, like me. And in most cases, like me, they are wrong.

Mr. Crabtree doesn't seem to care about that. He believes he should be paid more than the other wide receiver, who was taken three slots before him, as those mock drafts said he should be.

I hope someone will give Mr. Crabtree the information I am about to provide. You don't have to say it's from me. I just hope he gets it.

Grow up!

Do you really think that by sitting out a year, you are going to be drafted anywhere near where you were this year? Do you really think you will be taken in the top 10? If you show the immaturity of sitting out your rookie season over money, do you really think you will even be taken in the first round?

What are you going to do then? Demand to be paid like the 49ers were going to? That's just not going to happen.

Think back to mini campsβ€”remember hearing about "Iron" Mike Singletary making Michael Crabtree cry? This kid is not that tough.

The best advice anyone could give Mr. Crabtree is to grow up and sign the contract. At this point in his career, he has shown nothing but bad decisions since leaving college.

If he doesn't getΒ some advisers that aren't afraid to tell him something other than what he wants to hear, Crabtree will be considered one of the biggest busts since Ryan Leaf.

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