Can’t Touch This! Crabtree SignsOctober 7, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Posted in 49ers | 4 Comments
With the help of M.C. Hammer, Michael Crabtree has signed, and the 49ers are now true title contenders. The deal was hammered out in a session between noon yesterday and 4 am this morning.
This will not be a lost year, as happened with JeMarcus Russell of the Raiders when he signed late. The transition to the NFL is tough for a receiver, but the learning curve is nothing like that of a quarterback. And Russell has proven that his first year failure might be related more to his true ability than his holdout.
If you really want to see this in a positive light, take into account that Crabtree is coming off foot surgery and this holdout gave him some extra time to recover. He may also be fresher near the end of the season than he might have been, something quite important for a rookie.
Singletary announced that Crabtree won’t play this sunday, and the Niners have a bye the next week. So the fireworks will begin in Houston October 25. I expect two touchdowns. As Singletary said in the press conference today:
What we saw on the film in college, let it be on the film in the pros. It’s as simple as that.
Kawakami has the entire transcript of the interview if you’d like to see it.