On Tuesday, Niners LB Takeo Spikes offered a new perspective on what’s become an old topic by now — the continued holdout of the 49ers’ top pick Michael Crabtree.
The 49ers used the 10th overall pick in April’s draft to select Crabtree. According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, the 49ers have made Crabtree a slotted offer that falls in the range of $15 million to $16 million guaranteed.
Speaking on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio, Spikes, a 12-year veteran, said he understands Crabtree’s attitude towards the business side of being a player in the NFL.
“As players, nobody is against Michael Crabtree,” Spikes said. “As players, we understand the business of the game because if you’re fortunate enough to stay in it long enough you’re gonna go through some disputes as to whether or not you’re getting paid your value or you’re underpaid, or whether or not there’s a team that wants to pay you. Now, one thing I can say is that I know he has to handle his business…”
Spikes also went on to say that despite Crabtree’s obvious talents — He caught 231 passes for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns in two seasons at Texas Tech — the players can’t concern themselves with something they can’t control and someone who is not in the locker room with them.
“…We feel as a whole that we would like to have him in because a guy with such great talent that he has, it deserves to be shown on Sunday, period. But from our aspect, though people ask, ‘What are y’all going to do, what do you think?’ … well, from players it’s hard to miss something you never had and so that’s the way we see it. And until he comes here, we’ll make adjustments. But other than that, it’s about the guys right now that are in the locker room.”