Originally posted by SVcabron1980:
Hey Maddog, who has more leverage, Crabtree or the 9ers?
Now, that is an excellent question.
I would say the Niners hold more leverage. They can still trade him from the March 1 to 2010 draft window. Without that ability, losing their first rounder is a big blow. Franchises that need premium talent can't afford to lose their first rounders.
If the Niners did not have the ability to trade him, I'd say that each side has equal leverage.
The Niners are the ones holding the cash, and Crabtree risks a smaller contract if he re-enters the draft in 2010. It is not a guarantee to be drafted lower, but being drafted higher would be an outside shot. This is a solid draft class, with a WR who grades out higher in Dez Bryant. I will add that the injuries to Sam Bradford and Jermiane Gresham show that the draft is volatile, and Crabtree could be a top 10 pick again, if he continues to look sharp in workouts, as Dilfer stated recently.
The leverage Crabtree holds is that he cannot be forced to play for the Niners, and if Deion Sanders in true in his statements, there are some teams out there in the NFL who are willing to throw big money at him next year. Sanders' statement adds a ton of leverage to Crabtree in that the market is willing to pay Crabtree something that is outside that 10th overall slot.
Final note: I honestly do not believe that total dollars and cents is the core issue. I believe it is the idea of DHB receiving a gigantic contract, with half the talent as Crabtree. I believe (once again, nobody knows anything...so I hesitate to make any bold statements) that Crabtree is really at war with the idea that he knows he should have been a top 4, 5, 7 pick, but his injury pushed him down the board to 10.
Both sides have leverage, and I really think a compromise has to be agreed upon where both sides can claim some form of victory, and save face.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Sep 10, 2009 at 14:42:46 ]