Source: 'Eugene (Parker) can't cave now'

The popular thinking is that Eugene Parker blinked first in his more than two-month staredown with the San Francisco 49ers.

Maybe.

Parker and Michael Crabtree showed up for meeting with the team’s brass on their own, and they’re chatting face-to-face today, a sign that a deal could come soon.
Just because that is happening doesn’t mean Parker is going to back off of demands though.

“He waited this long,’’ said one league source who has worked with Parker in the past. “Eugene can’t cave now.’’

Some have suggested the back end of he deal will be fluffed in order for Parker and Crabtree to put a good spin on the situation. They’ve maintained that as the 10th pick in the draft Crabtree is deserving of a deal similar to what Darrius Heyward-Bey got from the Oakland Raiders as the seventh pick.

It will be interesting to see what happens. Parker doesn’t often leave his compound near Fort Wayne, Ind., to do deals face-to-face. This isn’t an ordinary negotiation for him though. If Parker digs his heels in during this meeting, it’s going to get awful interesting because the common ground these parties are looking for figures to be about the size of a postage stamp.

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