As many of you know Micheal Crabtree, the 10th pick in the 2009 NFL draft, is still holding out from signing with he San Francisco 49ers. The sticking point is that Crabree was considered the best wide receiver in the draft, unfortunately for him he was the 2nd wide receiver picked in the draft. He wants first wide receiver money and won’t sign until he gets it.
With the NFL season finishing off it’s first quarter of the season, it stands to reason that Crabtree will not sign this season and will end up back in the draft for 2010. Which begs the question, why leave school early and miss a year of salary to prove a point. It makes no sense at all. Top that off with a recent interview of his college coach saying that he should have come back for his senior year and in the end it’s Crabtree that looks ridiculous.
That being said, don’t you worry about Michael Crabtree, he is doing just fine financially. His agent has inked some deals with Subway, Jordan Brand and trading card companies Upper Deck, Topps and Panini America. He is rolling fat with 750,000 dollars worth of endorsements. Who needs to play football when these kinds of endorsements are rolling in.
What is truly stunning, is that if you go on eBay and search Michael Crabtree, you will find his rookie cads and autographs going for top dollar. So let me get this straight, a wide receiver who has not even signed his first professional contract and will probably not even play this year, has an autograph that is worth more than most veterans. To give you an example, the Terrell Owens card below, sold for $16. Now it is true that Owens has had a turbulent career, but he at least has had a career, it’s even borderline Hall of Fame. Now below I have also included a Crabtree autograph, which would set you back $50.
How is this possible, how could anyone want to stock up on a player who has never even stepped on the field for an NFL game. It’s insane to think that Michael’s card could be worth more than Owen’s card. Or how about a Marvin Harrison card for $5, who is going to the Hall of Fame. My vote is for any autograph other than Crabtree’s card. Actually I would love to see this post again after he gets his first season under his belt, you know after 2010.
What do you think? Would you rather have Hall of Famers autographed cards or Michael Crabtree’s