Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
I think the Crabtree holdout "dings" his rep a little since, it was pointless (since he could have likely gotten the same contract had he just come to the bargaining table earlier) and made his client look bad, BUT he has plenty of successes to fall back on, as you mentioned.
Just like everyone, he has his victories and his defeats. But yeah...he's been a successful agent and his entire body of work speaks for him, not just this situation.
I'm not so sure it is true that he had the same deal on the table as before. As Brandt stated in his article, Crabtree's holdout possibly gained him an extra $8 million over the previous offer from the Niners, which was reported to be 5 years, $20 million. His final contract was 6 years, $32 million (the sixth year is valued at $4 million), with the potential of an additional $8 million extra dollars if he makes the Pro-Bowl in one year (more challenging), and he takes 80% of the snaps in another year in which the Niners make the playoff (less challenging).
Once again, nobody truly knows what each side was offering, at at which point in time, but it seemed like the Niners' offer, as discussed with the beat writers who had conversations with Niners' management, was at a much lower number before and during the holdout.
I never said that the contract that Crabtree signed was on the table before Parker & Crabtree flew out here.
What I said was that in my opinion, the terms of the eventual contract were attainable had Parker chosen to merely negotiate with the Niners two months ago, and that the holdout was superfluous and unproductive.
The final terms of the deal fall within the slot in every practical sense, and will only exceed the slot if Crabtree is a Pro Bowl caliber player, which a scenario in which everyone wins and I'm sure the Niners wouldn't mind paying the extra money. According to reports, the Niners were willing to offer an incentive laden contract 2 months ago.
Therefore, Parker obtained this contract simply by opening lines of communication...not via the holdout, making said holdout unnecessary.