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Michael Crabtree: Dumbest Man of the Year?

by Steven Taylor on 10 September 2009

I propose that Michael Crabtree, former WR for the Texas Tech Red Raiders and draftee of the San Francisco 49ers, be nominated for the Dumbest Man of the Year award.  Crabtree is currently holding out (note:  the season starts tonight) and is threatening to sit out the year because he thinks he ought to be paid as if he was the highest picked WR in the draft, rather than the 2nd.

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.

About Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor is a political science prof who blogs daily at PoliBlog.

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1 James Joyner 10 September 2009 at 13:58

Indeed all around. Apparently, Al Davis’ rationale for drafting Heyward-Bey first is that he was the fastest man in the draft class and the Raiders have always loved speed. But, if that’s your theory, trade down and get your guy later.

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