Michael Crabtree’s Gamble Failed Miserably

Posted: 7th October 2009 by Michael Erler in NFL
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At long last, Michael Crabtree has come to his senses. After drawn-out negotiations, Crabtree signed a six-year deal on Wednesday that will pay him $32 million before incentives. We know now for sure: There was never going to be a trade, he was never going to sit out the whole season, and if there ever were any teams offering him $40 million smackers guaranteed, they quickly buttoned up once the 49ers contacted the league and accused the New York Jets of tampering. The whole thing was one elaborate bluff by Crabtree and his daredevil agent, Eugene Parker. They hatched a plot with two options in mind: Either Parker would bully San Francisco into paying his client the kind of guaranteed money that someone drafted an hour before and several slots above Crabtree got; or he would force a trade ...

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