As such, Crabtree appears willing to turn down what is estimated to be a roughly $17.6 million deal on the assumption that if he sits out he could get more next year. However, not only it is almost certain that he won’t get more next year, he will make bupkis this year if he sits out.
Now, there is no doubt that the Raiders did a very weird thing in drafting Darrius Heyward-Bey and paying him around $23 million (since no one else in the league had Heyward-Bey as a 1st rounder, let alone a top 7 pick).
So, Crabtree runs the risk of not only not making millions right now, but in being drafted far lower than 10th in 2010 (if not in not having an NFL career at all). As such, this move is nothing but a losing one.
Further, he ought to be thankful that he didn’t get drafted by the Raiders–just ask Richard Seymour.