Tying up a few odds and ends now that Michael Crabtree finally is a 49er:
The Jets were the only outside team to show real interest in acquiring Crabtree during the period in which he could be traded, twice calling the 49ers to try to engage in trade talks. But the 49ers had no interest in dealing him, according to team sources, and repeatedly told Crabtree’s agent, Eugene Parker, that they would either sign the rookie wide receiver or allow him to re-enter the draft next year.
At one point, the 49ers, in weighing their options, contacted the league office for official clarification on precisely how long they would retain Crabtree’s rights, should he re-enter the draft, with the final determination being that he would be theirs until the draft began and teams were on the clock. Thus, Crabtree couldn’t have worked out for any other team, even in the morning or afternoon of the start of the draft, without there being tampering.
Much has been made of Hammer‘s participation in the process. The rapper is friendly with Parker and was with the agent and Crabtree in San Francisco. Hammer also has a mutual friend with a member of the 49ers’ front office and was the third party to send word to the team that Crabtree was in town and ready to talk about a contract. However, Hammer didn’t play a role in the actual negotiations between the 49ers and the 10th overall draft pick, whose holdout extended into the season.