Just when I thought ridiculous rumors involving Seattle would stop once Michael Vick signed with Philadelphia, I came across an article that claims a Crabtree-to-Seattle trade is a good idea, and a plausible scenario.
Before this “rumor” gains any steam, let me just stop it here: there is no chance that Seattle makes a sign-and-trade deal with the 49ers to obtain Michael Crabtree. No way.
This scenario was created by Lars Hansen Lars Hanson, a blogger who writes articles over at Bleacher Report and a couple of other sites. Mr. Hanson claims to have the credentials of a professional sports writer, but I find that somewhat hard to believe. The way he childishly attacks folks who comment his articles is very unprofessional, and similar behavior is a huge reason why other bloggers aren’t recognized as credible by mainstream media and several potential readers.
I’ll catch myself before this turns into an attack on Mr. Hanson, who actually puts together good articles every now and then. I’d prefer to focus on the content of his most recent offering, which foresees a scenario where the Seahawks obtain Crabtree from San Francisco.
And remember, Hanson recently wrote an article describing why the Seahawks would benefit from signing Michael Vick, completely ignoring the emphasis put on character and good behavior by the front office.
This new article seems to forget that minor detail again.
The sign-and-trade proposal sounds reasonable: Crabtree for Seattle’s natural 2010 first-round pick and wide receiver Deion Branch. The chances of it actually happening, however, are slim to none.
First of all, if the Seahawks wanted to obtain the rights to the headache that is Crabtree, they would’ve selected him at fourth overall. There is no doubt that Crabtree offered value in the top five, and most analysts considered him quite the bargain at tenth overall.
Also, Michael Crabtree is asking for money where he believes he should’ve gotten drafted. Unfortunately, that isn’t how things work out in the National Football League. Players are paid based on their market value, and he doesn’t deserve top-five cash because, well, he wasn’t drafted in the top five.
Lars Hanson seems to believe that money isn’t the major reason for Crabtree’s holdout; instead, it is his unwillingness to suit up for the San Francisco 49ers. While I won’t say San Francisco offers Crabtree the best opportunity to have immediate success in the National Football League, it is obvious that Crabtree’s holdout is motivated by money.
If the San Francisco 49ers were willing to pay Crabtree the money given to top five picks, then he would’ve reported to training camp a long time ago. The 49ers aren’t budging, so Crabtree is holding out.
Crabtree wouldn’t give Seattle a discount because it would be a more “preferable” destination, so why should Seattle commit to another mega-contract for another unproven rookie?
Despite Crabtree’s unquestionable athletic ability and potential, why would Tim Ruskell go against everything the organization stands for and trade for Crabtree? Hell, Ruskell might as well make “another” attempt at obtaining Terrell Owens while he’s at it – remember those rumors?
How many times do I have to listen to rumors about Michael Vick, Terrell Owens, or Michael Crabtree coming to Seattle? Tim Ruskell and Seattle’s front office puts a premium on character, and doesn’t offer many second chances.
Don’t believe everything you read. Michael Crabtree won’t be catching passes from Matt Hasselbeck this season.