What Should the Penalty Be for Tampering with Michael Crabtree?

Posted: 23rd September 2009 by Samer Ismail in NFL
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Earlier this week, the San Francisco 49ers filed charges against the New York Jets, claiming they had tampered with the Niners' ability to sign rookie holdout Michael Crabtree. Earlier this month, Deion Sanders suggested that there was not one but two teams willing to pay Crabtree $40 million over five years, about twice the amount of money that the Niners were offering. This raises the question of how Sanders would know that fact. It seems fairly clear that Sanders didn't call the other 31 teams' GMs and ask "Would you pay $40 million for Crabtree?" It also seems fairly clear that those GMs didn't call Sanders, either. It is possible that he heard this from his agent, Eugene Parker, who is also Michael Crabtree's agent? But then that would require that other teams have been in contact wit ...

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