The Niners finally snared their Crab and it came with Oakland-native rapper MC Hammer at the site of the negotiations. The team and their top draft pick, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, agreed to a six-year contract early Wednesday after several months of negotiations.
Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker, met with three top 49ers officials Tuesday at a Palo Alto Hotel in an attempt to work through his contract impasse. One of those team officials, 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan, explained why Hammer was there not as a negotiator, but as a friend, “He’s a mutual acquaintance, he knows Eugene and Deion (Sanders) and the first time I knew he had any association was at the Eddie DeBartolo reception, he was there and said, ‘oh, I know them’… interesting.”
The 10th pick overall, Crabtree spent just over three and a half minutes at the podium Wednesday before being swept out of the interview room. “It’s a very humbling experience and I feel like going through that it made me look at the world a different way and look at my teammates a different way, and hopefully it’ll work out for the best,” said Crabtree.
His new boss added, “He is a football guy,” said 49ers head coach Mike Singletary, “he hasn’t played one play in the NFL yet, but it’s just a vibe that I’ve gotten every time I’ve been around him, so I think it’s a win-win situation.”