August 26, 2009
It's getting awfully close to the start of the season and there is apparently still not a whole lot going on in talks between the tenth overall pick in this year's draft, Michael Crabtree(notes), and the San Francisco 49ers.
Crabtree apparently wants more dough than seventh-overall pick receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) got from the Oakland Raiders. But the Niners supposedly don't want to give him anything more than ninth-overall pick defensive lineman B.J. Raji(notes) got from the Green Bay Packers.
Any way you slice it, Crabtree is still not signed. And his agent is blaming Crabtree for the holdout, according to ProFootballTalk, since the agent doesn't want his chances hurt to sign future players.
Even if Crabtree gets signed right now, he's not likely to be as good a player for San Francisco this season as he would have been if he had just signed his contract straightway. Of course, there is still a chance that a deal just won't happend and he'll end up in the 2010 draft pool.
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