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Michael Crabtree: Time to Sign on the Dotted Line

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst ISeptember 23, 2009

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 01:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on at practice 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)

No NFL rookie in history has held out as long as Michael Crabtree has.  The outstanding wide receiver out of Texas Tech was the 10th pick in this year's NFL draft and his contract should reflect what a player taken at that pick is worth.

Nothing positive can come of Crabtree holding out for top-five money. All it does is attract negative attention towards him and the Niners' organization.

This is setting a bad example for young athletes and those who have the talent to follow in Crabtree's footsteps.  This type of holdout is bad for all parties involved.

Crabtree hasn't been on a football field in over eight months and sitting out an entire year will only hurt his playing ability. 

The Niners drafted Crabtree thinking that he would be a help to a depleted wide receiver group.  This team could have easily gone in a different direction and drafted a different player if they knew how big of a hassle signing this star wideout would be.

The difference in the level of play from college to NFL is enormous in and of itself.  When or if Crabtree decides to sign, he will encounter even more problems getting to know the offense that the Niners run.

The 49ers are offering plenty of money.  Reportedly somewhere in the range of four years, $20 million with $16 million guaranteed.  That is a whopping sum of money and whether or not Crabtree believes it, that is a fair offer on the table.

Who knows if it is about his ego or his belief that he is the best rookie wide receiver and deserves to be paid like it. 

Sorry Michael, the 10th pick of the NFL draft will not get a top-five deal.  That is just not how it works anywhere.

Even in the last few days there are accusations that have arisen that the Jets tampered with Michael Crabtree.  The Niners have filed charges with the league and an investigation is underway. 

Whatever the outcome is, Crabtree needs to put his differences aside and just play football.

Putting that pen to paper and signing a very generous contract that the Niners are offering would be the best move for Team Crabtree.  As Week Three approaches, it's the sooner the better for all parties involved.

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