Tuesday Morning Crabtree Watch - 9/27

I started this last week; again, here are Crabtree's current options:
  1. Sign with the San Francisco 49ers
  2. Sign with some other NFL franchise
  3. Hold out and re-enter the 2010 NFL draft


  1. I'm going to combine this week's analysis into one comment that I think touches all 3 options:

    Michael Crabtree has a wizard for a marketing agent. Without playing a single down (shoot, without ever wearing pads it seems), apparently Crabtree has already made $750K in advertising money to hold him over until 2010. With this public statement, and the Niners not commenting on "individual players" (as Singletary always says), I think Crabtree's 95% headed to the 2nd round of the 2010 draft. Dood's lost money.

    Also, his agent, Mike Ornstein, says Crabtree "is the Reggie Bush of this draft.” Umm - I'm not so sure that's a good thing on any level - your thoughts?

  2. He has an advertising deal?!?! Wow. I mean he's losing money, but I guess he's not as big of an idiot as we assumed... if he doubles that throughout the year he will doing okay for himself, no question.

    Why would you compare your guy to Reggie Bush? What a poor decision on his agent's part. He's athletic but very brittle, will underperform, and ultimately will be replaced in the starting lineup by a nearly-undrafted player a year later?

  3. And just for emphasis - it's not even without putting on pads, he got that deal while ACTIVELY antagonizing his fanbase! And now he's a sponsor! I'm perplexed

  4. I think the $750K is all he's going to get; I can't see any of the current sponsors re-upping at this point, and I sure as hell don't envision any other company to come along and drop money in his lap...he still ends up losing ~$10M in my opinion.

  5. In the future, I want you to change #2 to read: The 49ers can wait until March 1, 2010 and trade his rights to another team, which will probably be contingent on Crabtree having reached a deal with the other team.