Originally posted by jvangeystel:
I don't see how Crabtree's original holdout proves he prefers money over chemistry. He was a rookie during his original holdout and therefore didn't have chemistry with anybody on the team including the coaches. I just think that he came out of college with a big head which i'm sure he still has, but he must have been humbled by the fact that he hasn't taken the league by storm and even with his year last year has still only accomplished pretty mediocre numbers. I would take Victor Cruz over every guy you mentioned above and he make less then all of them. It's just not so clear cut, not to mention Crabtree is coming off a major injury. He may be forced to resign with the 49ers just to prove he can still be a playmaker.
I am glad you mentioned Victor Cruz cos I like him too. But, the fact of the matter is he definitely wanted more than what he is on now which is a bit over $7 mil a year. The problem was when he tested the market, there wasn't any response. In my opinion, he was probably looking at that $10 mil mark as well and I think he is worth that. So, yes you could argue there might not be much demand for Crab too. But, my stance is with GNielsen in the sense that if there so happen be a demand for Crab, he will be gone. Being forced to sign with the 9ers is an entirely different matter because it will be due to lack of choice or option. Demand and supply in the market place is a funny old game cos sometimes is not really just about how good the receiver is, a lot will hinge on how desperate or aggressive the teams in question are. If Jeff Ireland's contract talk wasn't looming, may be the Dolphins wouldn't have spent $12 mil on Mike Wallace too.