August 06, 2009
Michael Crabtree(notes) was one of the best college football players in the country last year. He was good enough to be picked 10th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in this year's draft. So he should be making millions of dollars right about now, right?
Nope. The guy is still just an unemployed kid hanging around the summer after college. Oh, the 49ers have offered him contracts worth lots of dough, but Crabtree won't sign. His agent, it appears, has told him that he can make better money than guys picked 10th usually make, for whatever reason.
The rumored reason is that the agent, Eugene Parker, is looking to the future. If he can tell future recruits, he got this kind of moulah for Crabtree, it'll be much easier for him to sign other talented players, according to the Sacramento Bee. If he doesn't, it will be harder. And he's battling against a system made up of larger agencies that usually snap up all the talent.
Nine first-round picks are still unsigned. Don't these fellas just want to play?
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