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A representative for 49ers draft pick Michael Crabtree told ESPN that the wide receiver is prepared to sit out the entire NFL season and re-enter the draft if he can't reach a contract with the team "We are prepared to do it," David Wells, a cousin to Crabtree, told ESPN. "Michael just wants fair market value."
PFT reported earlier that a Crabtree insider said his agent, Eugene Parker, told the 49ers the 10th overall draft pick wanted more than the team is prepared to offer right now.
Wells told ESPN the 49ers' current position on signing Crabtree is "unacceptable."
"Michael is one of the best players in the draft," Wells told the network, "and he just wants to be paid like one of the best players."
Crabtree's slide to the 10th overall pick was a bit of a surprise. The Raiders have already signed the first receiver chosen, Darrius Heyward-Bey, to a five-year deal with $23.5 million guaranteed.
Michael Crabtree's agent is distancing himself and his client from comments made by a Crabtree advisor to ESPN today. Eugene Parker told AOL FanHouse that he has not told the 49ers that the 10th overall pick is prepared to sit out the season if he doesn't get a satisfactory contract.
"No comments have been made to ESPN or anyone else," Parker told FanHouse in a text message.