Originally posted by TenderLoinTimmy:
Ok, so he's no Jerry Mcguire, we see that. Crabs looked very shaky and unprepared for his presser and to be honest, the media was very merciful on him. I could see him getting eaten alive had he been in an east coast market(NYC, Phi, NE, etc.) The more he talked, the more I saw the diva image vanish. So that makes me wonder who was driving his late arrival.....
Maddog, you don't feel that this whole fiasco has hurt his rep a bit? With all the bad air around him, I'd want to explore my options before committing to him if I was an NFL prospect.
Of course Parker was the driving force behind the late arrival, as he should have been. I think Parker made a poor strategic move, and the contract bears that out, but think about the situation that Crabtree's in.
He's 22 years old (think about when you were 22), and he's put in a position where millions of dollars are in the balance...possibly TENS of millions of dollars. 22 year old business majors aren't equipped to deal with that sort of thing, much less 22 year old football players. Crabtree rightfully put his fate in his agent's hands. He's getting paid to catch passes and score TDs, but on the business side of things he's gotta let those that represent him run the show.
That being said, he could have told his agent that he wanted to get the best deal by a certain date, because he didn't want to miss any games. But IMO, that's asking a lot out of a 22 year old who would obviously (and rightfully) trust his agent to do the right thing.
I don't have any bad feelings toward Crabtree for how this went down. He's a kid.