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Old 08-13-2009, 12:05 AM   #1138
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Report: Crabtree holdout likely to reach September

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 12, 2009 3:49 PM ET

The Michael Crabtree holdout has apparently reached a standstill, with no end in sight.

Crabtree's agent, Eugene Parker, wants a slot-busting deal, and the 49ers aren't budging from their initial offer.

According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, the two sides aren't likely to move until the weeks or days before San Francisco's Week One opener on September 13.

Kawakami cites a "highly placed source" and his report was seconded on Twitter by Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

"One side [Crabtree] will have to eat crow and sign deal that was offered in June," Maiocco writes.

If this timetable holds, Crabtree's rookie season is likely to be adversely affected, not unlike what happened to JaMarcus Russell in 2007. Crabtree hasn't fully practiced as a pro, and his chance to start opening the season would likely be gone by September.

If fellow holdouts (Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji and Bills defensive end Aaron Maybin) are waiting for Crabtree to sign, it sounds like they have a few more weeks to kill.
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