You've probably seen the news by now that 49ers 1st rounder Michael Crabtree has threatened to sit out the season and reenter the 2010 draft if the team doesn't acquiesce to his contract demands. At this rate, Andre Smith won't need to make the threat, it will happen organically.
From Joe Reedy:
That contract is complicating negotiations between the Bengals and Smith, who was selected sixth.
Heyward-Bey’s deal has a base of $38.25 million, with $23.5 million guranteed. That contract is an increase of over 20 percent from what last year’s seventh overall pick made.
Vernon Gohlston, last year’s sixth overall pick, signed for $40 million.
It goes on...
This, my good friends, is almost unthinkable. The NFL has a terrible, awful, flat-out dumb system for signing draft picks. Nonetheless, it is the system. Each pick gets a contract that falls somewhere in between the guy picked ahead of him and the guy picked behind him. Sometimes, it comes closer to the person picked in front of him. In some situations (like this one), it should come closer to the guy picked behind him, considering that fifth pick Mark Sanchez is a quarterback. But always, the advertised total value of the package is in between the range given.
(Note: there are times when someone gets an better contract than the person picked in front of him. This is a rarity and is generally because of front office stupidity. See Darrelle Revis's contract from 2007. Even in this case, the advertised, base package fell into the proper range.)
Why Bengals management feels that Andre Smith signs a contract less than that of the guy picked behind him is beyond me. Maybe it's because Smith's agent, Alvin Keels, is handling his first 1st round pick. If he agrees to a deal less than Heyward-Bey's, it will also be his last 1st round pick.
Also worth mentioning is that the two sides hadn't talked since Monday morning. Not as if this is worth wasting time on though, right Mikey? There has to be plenty of Denny's in the Georgetown/Lexington area to check out! Plus, it's not as if Andre is known as lazy and slightly unstable, I'm sure he's working hard down there in Alabama to make sure he's in camp shape! He'll be ready from snap one!
The only real question left - Will HBO still be around to film the scene where Andre signs and then rushes out to practice?