I think this is being made into more of an issue than it needs to be. I don't have any links right now to back this up, but I've read this information in a few different places.
Crabtree is simply not signing at this point and is complaining about what DHB was signed for. My assumption is that Crabtree doesn't feel his offer is on par with DHB's relatively speaking. But the part that is being blown out of proportion is the "adviser" saying that Crabtree will sit out the season if he has to. The "adviser" is a family member of Crabtree's and has no ultimate control over what he does; and, IMO, the "adviser" is completely stepping out of line and looking for face time. Crabtree's agent, you know the guy he pays to do this on his behalf, has said that Crabtree has no intention of sitting out this season and that a deal is being worked on currently. I really think this is a case of Crabtree trying to take care of his family, assuming that this "adviser" is even getting paid, and nothing more than someone trying to seem important.
At the end of the day I want to see Crabtree signed sooner rather than later and this "adviser" may have stepped too far over the line to the point that either Crabtree or his agent now has to do some damage control considering one of the knocks on Crabtree coming out was his prima-donna attitude. Hopefully this gets resolved quickly, Crabtree signs, and we can begin to see how he transitions to the NFL game.
"Oh crap... they're actually a good team... maybe I should get in there..."
I'd love to hear reports on whether or not he'll actually get immediately involved. I would imagine it will take him some time to get to NFL speed and NFL playbook-ready. Anyone hear anything on this stuff? I know it's early yet.
From Singletary's Notebook on the 49ers home site:
On whether the team needs WR Michael Crabtree: “Same answer. Same answer. I am going to say it again Any guy that can play and that can help us win, I am never going to say no, we don’t need him.”
On whether Crabtree is perhaps selfish: “You said the key word: perhaps. I don’t know that. I don’t know that for sure. Why say no to someone who may be one heck of a kid? Like I said, I met him, I talked to him and I had a good feel for him. I haven’t been wrong too often. I think he is a great kid. But this is your rookie year, you’re just coming into the NFL, all you know is what they are telling him.”
On whether he has any indications that Crabtree will sign soon: “I just hope he is right. It would be great.”
Sounds like Singletary is willing to give the kid a chance. Question is "Has Crabtree been staying in football shape and has he been studying the playbook?" Does he even have a 49ers playbook? Anyone from that area know the details?
he doesnt really have much value in redraft leagues, keeper and dynasty leagues is where he holds great value. right now the niners are trying to get a 2 week roster exemption which would mean he can practice with the team but he wont suit up this weekend and then they have a bye-week the following week. After that i believe he'll see his first field time against houston, but most likely as the number 3 or 4 WR, after that it's anyones guess. if he wants to start he's going to have to produce and hope that josh morgan and isaac bruce continue to be ineffective but having morgan/crabtree as the 1-2 has the potential to be great in the long run.