Published: July 25th, 2009 | Tags: B.J. Raji, Champ Bailey, Green Bay Packers, Jim Haslett, Jim Schwartz, Julian Peterson, Ken Whisenhunt, Malcom Jenkins, Michael Crabtree, New Orleans Saints, Ryan Pickett, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
For the San Fransisco 49ers, it was nearly a no-brainer when WR Michael Crabtree was available at No. 10 in the 2009 NFL Draft. Now the work that needs to be done is getting Crabtree signed and in camp. 49ers rookies are scheduled to report to camp on Tuesday, with full practices begining on Tuesday.
That means the window to get the deal done with no holdout is closing.
Matt Maiocco reports in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that the two sides are currently “far apart” in the negotiations.
However, there are indications that it will be a challenge for the 49ers to get Crabtree signed before the start of training camp. Again, there is still a lot of time to get something accomplished – and only two first-round picks have signed deals — but the 49ers and Crabtree are currently far apart in their negotiations.
A few other notes from Around the Web:
- Jim Haslett, who wasn’t retained as the Rams interim coach last season, is getting over the disappointment, but didn’t jump at NFL job offers.
- Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt told The Arizona Daily Sun he believes only “sustained success” will help erase a legacy of futility for the franchise.
- Lions head coach Jim Schwartz points to the experience and versatility of LB Julian Peterson as keys to helping the Lions becomming a multi-dimensional defense.
- Saints rookie DB Malcom Jenkins, the 14th overall pick in the draft, is eager to get his contract done. Jenkins told The Times Picayune his agent opened preliminary discussions with Saints GM Mickey Loomis on Friday, and he hopes to report for the start of training camp next week.
- The Titans will go with a committee approach in replacing DT Albert Haynesworth, according to The Tennessean, with returning veteran Tony Brown, free agent Jovan Haye and second-year pro Jason Jones.
- According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers appear intent on getting both Ryan Pickett and first-round pick B.J. Raji on the field together as much as possible. That leaves question marks for where Justin Harrell and Johnny Jolly fit in.
- Champ Bailey tells The Denver Post he’s driven by Super Bowls, not Pro Bowls.