Crabtree Signed. Jets Trade for Braylon Edwards. Coincidence?

Oct 7, 2009 at 9:11 AM


It's curious that the day that Crabtree signed the Jets made a high profile trade regarding perhaps their biggest need, wide receiver.

Mike Sando, the ESPN blogger for the NFC West, chalks this up to coincidence. He states, "...the timing of these transactions is probably a coincidence. NFL rules would prohibit the 49ers from trading Crabtree's rights before March. The Jets acquired Edwards with the 2009 season in mind."

But why would the Jets make such a strong move right now? One simple reason: they were no longer able to pursue Crabtree.

I think it went a little like this: The vice grips started when the 49ers started investigating the charges. This probably forced the Jets to sniff elsewhere. When the 49ers formally accused the Jets of tampering it ensured the Jets would never be able to go after Crabtree in next year's draft, or trade for his rights this year. That would look ridiculously shady. It was time for the Jets to forget about Crabtree and start looking to fill their receiver void elsewhere.

Any way you slice it, we can only reason that the best move the 49ers made was accusing the Jets of tampering. At the very least, the 49ers should see Commissioner Goodell come down hard on the Jets. At most? The 49ers not only get Crabtree, but an improved draft position in 2010 as well. It would be little solace after this drama, but solace nonetheless.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo on sideline talk with an upset Kyle Shanahan after 'inexcusable' interception, trade rumor

By David Bonilla
Nov 28

The FOX broadcast caught San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan heading over to a seated Jimmy Garoppolo after the quarterback threw an early interception against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Niners ended up winning the game 34-26, but mistakes like the pick have led to criticisms from fans, especially considering the Vikings scored off the turnover. Garoppolo was asked about the sideline conversation with Shanahan and if his coach was "pissed off" about the costly mistake. "Naturally. It wasn't a good decision," Garoppolo responded. "I've got to be better than that with it. Just take the check-down. They were giving those to us early, and I just need to be more efficient with those." Shanahan was also asked about the sideline



Rapoport explains Jimmy Garoppolo trade report, adds 49ers were offered a 3rd-rounder for the QB

By David Bonilla
Nov 29

Before Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings, NFL insider Ian Rapoport stated that, barring a Super Bowl run, the 49ers plan to trade veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason and usher in the Trey Lance era in 2022. Of course, none of this is a surprise. That has seemingly been the plan since San Francisco made Lance the No. 3 overall draft pick in April. The report created a somewhat awkward situation after the 49ers' 34-26 win over the Vikings when one reporter asked Garoppolo if he heard about


Featured

More by Oscar Aparicio

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone