Fan View: Dodging Crabtree

Jeff Biletnikoff applauds the problem-avoidance skills of the new Browns front office...

Remember those reports coming out of Cleveland prior to the draft saying Michael Crabtree was exhibiting diva-like behavior and the Browns weren't interested?

I took those with a grain of salt, but given the trouble the 49ers are having getting him into camp, there might be some truth to those reports after all.

There are also the stories of him willing to sit out 2009 and re-enter the draft in 2010.  I'm not sure if that is true either, but where there is smoke, there is fire.

This could easily be the Browns struggling now.  As you know, the team was receiver needy heading into the 2009 draft and they had the wherewithal to snag Crabtree at 5 if they so chose.

I'm glad they didn't.

In a year where they're rebuilding (again, damn it!) the team doesn't need additional distractions.  The year will be challenging enough without having to deal with their first round pick threatening to get re-drafted.

Alex Mack may be getting put on his can a bit in camp, but at least he's there!

Who knows how things will play out in the future?  Perhaps Michael Crabtree will end up breaking every Jerry Rice record.  Maybe his career will go nowhere like so many other highly-touted first-round recievers.

Either way, I'm happy the Browns got what looks to be two quality wide receivers in the second round this year. 

It's way too early to tell whether or not Brian Robiskie or Mohamed Massaquoi will turn out to be good pros, but for all the pre-draft hype, they have two things going for them that Michael Crabtree doesn't right now: They're present and they're working.

Again, I'm not sure what this means ultimately for wins and losses, but I do like the thought process so far that Eric Mangini and George Kokinis have. 

Quality players that are willing to come in and work hard seems to be the mantra.

Now, if the Browns could just beat the Steelers a few times this year.......


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