Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
This analysis is first-rate for its details and balance.
Crabtree will not lose any first-year salary for missing the first four games, but the 49ers secured a deal that will likely span all six years without voiding. The 49ers also secured a deal consistent with informal slotting associated with the 10th overall choice in the draft.
But Brandt thinks Crabtree came away with a chance to earn $8 million that wasn't previously on the table. It sounds as though Crabtree would have to hit difficult incentives to earn that extra cash. This was what I meant Tuesday when I wrote: "The 49ers can adjust the length of the contract or the incentives or both in order to make the overall numbers look better."