Originally posted by dj43:
He will sign and play this year. Not even a hard-nose like Parker will overlook the amount of money he will lose if he does not sign this year. In addition to the reduction in contract offer, endorsements are ALWAYS done on a performance basis. Hence, as he continues to hold out, not only will 49er money be reduced, so will his endorsement deals be reduced. We won't hear about it but, rest assured, he will not only start losing money, he will also risk the total loss of an endorsment deal if the company begins to feel the public turning against him. It is all about value on, and off the field.
He will sign...just don't know how soon but he will not sit out the entire year, that is a smokescreen.
Well, Crabtree might not care that he's losing money initially by holding out. Let's say he gets a 4 year contract worth 20 million. The 49ers are a running team with a questionable QB at the moment, who haven't had a 1,000 yard WR in almost a decade. So, after 4 average years with the 49ers, that's it; his career is over. His 2nd contract is going to pay him 2 cheeseburgers.
Let's say he skips this year and falls in the Draft. He loses some money. Let's say he gets picked up by Dallas. He has Romo throwing to him and has 4 great seasons. He signs an extension worth over 50 million dollars. He's happy.
The bottom line is that I think he and his agent know that they're losing money NOW, but they're looking at the big picture and thinking whether or not they really want to play for the 49ers at a price they think is too low and risk jeopardizing his career. I'm beginning to think that this all comes down to not wanting to play for the 49ers, not money.
I'm not saying it's right. What he should do is be a man and join the team. Prove your worth. Did LBJ complain about going to the pathetic Cavs? No, he put them on his shoulders and turned them into winners. Crabtree, if you're so good, be a man and join your freaking team already.