Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by oldninerdude:
Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
Based on yearly averages, the Niners landed Crabtree in the upper end of the #10 slot when looking at plausible outcome of the escalators in the Crabtree and Raji deals. That much is obvious if analyzing this by comparing apples to apples.
I'm sure Parker got some concessions that were important to him, but in the end the Niners did what they set out to do.
I'm still ticked that this deal didn't get done in July. This is where I see genuine bad faith from Parker in that I believe he was counting on gaining leverage by virtue of a poor start by the Niners and when that didn't happen he had to come into town with hat in hand and negotiate a deal that could have been done much earlier.
I'm with you on that. Its really too bad Crabtree wasn't in TC and isn't likely going to be in a position to contribute for some weeks, at the earliest.
Given his talent I expect that he will contribute some this year, though.
As to whether it was Parker or Crabtree himself that was behind the holdout, I doubt that we'll ever really know, but the scenario you present is a likely as any.
IMO, Parker's responsibility at this point is to take as much of the criticism as he possibly can. The thing that keeps getting lost in this is that he made Crabtree look bad. Whether it's just or unjust, his client's public perception took a hit as the result of these negotiations. This is important because if Crabtree is the player that I hope he is, he's going to have more companies asking for him to endorse their product.
At this point, those companies aren't going to touch him with a ten foot pole, and when they do approach him the terms of the deal are going to be less favorable than they would be if he signed in July and was playing well for a resurgent 3-1 team.
This is another angle in which Parker lost...at least for the time being.
I was never upset with either Parker or Crabtree for trying to get the best contract that they could. I just thought it was an extremely poor move from a strategic standpoint, and I think the eventual contract and resulting public perception are confirmation of that.
LA this post is very well said, and pretty much sums up how I feel.
I hated the hold out from the standpoint that they were going to gain nothing. I am still not 100% sold on Sing (although I am getting there), but I knew from the moment it was clear Crabtree was holding out that the team was not going to fold. Singletary has instilled a lot of backbone and pride in not just the team, but seemingly the entire organization. Added to the fact that the Niners have been some shrewd negotiators over the last few years, and imo it was pretty obvious.
Crabtree had the potential to be a superstar right out of the gate, even in our offense, and Parker robbed him of that for nothing, by way of comparison.
What exactly did Parker gain over the starting bid
that he walked away from? Now compare THAT in value to the 70+ days of a season that is 192 days from beginning to end (including preseason), 2-3 weeks of which the Niners are realistically unlikely to play even if the progress displayed every week continues.
Add in the negative national publicity, not to mention local and with the fan base, and this hold out sums up to disastrous in the short term, and who knows long term. Whats worse is now that we get to hear from Crabtree on the whole thing, and hear what others are quoting him as saying, it really does seem like he was taken along for a ride somewhat.