I would like one person to take on my argument that the sanctity of the slotting system is one of the biggest pieces of horsebleep in discussing proper compensation for Michael Crabtree. I have stated all along that there are circumstances that cause certain players to receive an unusual amount of compensation, and to me, this is certainly one that deserves consideration.
I have for days now listed the numerous players who "ruined" the slotting system by receiving more money than the person(s) drafted before him. That list includes: The Evil Mark Sanchez, The Diabolical Josh Freeman, The Dastardly Darrelle Revis, The Greedy Barry Sanders, The Criminal Jack Ikegwuonu (OK, so he got away with it), The Criminal Marshawn Lynch (see note on Ikegwuonu), The Baby-Killer Brady Quinn, The Worst Person in the World Robert Meachem.
Where is the outrage over these players receiving more money than people selected above them? There is no outrage.
But, how dare Crabtree jump out of his slot. The horror!!! It would ruin the NFL!!!
Defenders of the Slotting: Step forward to make your case.
P.S. Let me head some of you off at the pass on one of your arguments. People have been lathered up about Crabtree "demanding" Top 3 money, Top 5 money, more money than DHB. There are so many rumors about what he is "demanding" (which is silly because he is not a part of the contract negotiations, to my knowledge), that no one can keep them straight. The truth is that no one knows the terms that the Niners and Crabtree's agent have discussed. It is all speculation. To state that "he is demanding top 5 money" is absurd. Nobody knows what his agent is asking for at this point. Until Crabtree, his agent, the Niners begin to share terms with the press, all the anger over his "demands" are a waste of energy.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Aug 7, 2009 at 20:50:53 ]