August 27, 2009
The deal that San Francisco 49ers' first-round pick Michael Crabtree(notes) keeps refusing is apparently worth $20 million over five years, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, with $16 million of that guaranteed. With incentives, it can apparently grow to be as high as $26.5 million. Not bad for a kid just out of college in the middle of a recession, right?
Even though Crabtree appears ready to just sit out the season and re-enter next summer's draft in order to get more cash, the 49ers apparently haven't upped the offer since it was first made in June. Crabtree, who was picked tenth overall in the draft this summer, supposedly wants more money than seventh-overall pick receiver Darrius Heyward-Bay got from the Oakland Raiders. But the Niners reportedly don't want to give him anything more than ninth-overall pick defensive lineman B.J. Raji(notes) got from the Green Bay Packers.
It remains highly doubtful that a deal will get signed before the first official game of the season.
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