Work leaked out, first from ESPN, then via Yahoo Sports, that Michael Crabtree was contemplating sitting out a year and re-entering the NFL Draft, according to David Wells, an adviser to Crabtree at this time.
In his mind, it's all about the money.
Before the draft, everyone and their father-in-law who covers it put together a draft chart, on who should go where, who should be the number one WR, who should be the number one QB, etc.
After having his ego inflated by guys like Cris Carter, Mel Kiper and his own coach in college, Michael Crabtree believes that HE IS THE ONE.
Better than the GOAT, Jerry Rice?
Better than T.O.?
To this end, he went to the 49ers and was asking to be paid like it.
The 49ers, however, come from the more logical world of draft picks. A number 10 pick obviously isn't going to net a deal worth $20 million a year.
But that's where Crabtree's fuzzy logic comes in.
In his mindset, he feels he should be paid and paid well, BEFORE he ever has to catch the ball, put on a uniform, and run a route in a game. In his mind and ego, he feels that right now, his college stats should earn him a fat contract with the bells and whistles.
So, the stalemate goes on.
How does Al Davis play into this mess?
As noted by the Yahoo article by Dan Wetzel, most of this is Al's fault. By declining to take the WR Crabtree and selecting Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Crabtree was no longer the first WR to be taken in the NFL.
Also, after dropping a nice sum to sign DHB to a five year deal, it forces the 49ers and Michael Crabtree into a game of wills.
Who is going to flinch in this case? The team that needs a WR? The WR who wants big money?
Right now Al Davis is probably enjoying the soap opera he created, all because he didn't go with the NFL media line that Crabtree was the guy to pick.
And with Crabtree's ego problem, Al's choice in the draft is looking better every day.