Crabtree has signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After voiding the deal they had with fellow receiver Ryan Grant, the Ravens moved quickly to scoop up Crabtree, who the Raiders cut to make way for Jordy Nelson. Crabtree isn't particularly fast by NFL standards, but he did manage to log 25 TDs during his three-year stint with the Raiders. Though his reception total dipped to 58 in 14 contests in 2017, the 30-year-old -- who combined for 174 catches in 2015 and 2016 -- should benefit from the fact that he now profiles as QB Joe Flacco's top option at wideout, a team context that should generate a decent share of volume and red-zone opportunities for Crabtree this coming season.
Crabtree is visiting the Ravens on Friday, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports. Crabtree would replace Ryan Grant, whose four-year, $29 million contract was nullified after he failed a physical with the Ravens. The team is badly in need of a wide receiver, as injury-prone John Brown is the only player signed thus far to replace Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin. The 30-year-old Crabtree caught 58 of 101 targets for only 618 yards last season, but he nonetheless managed to hit paydirt eight times in 14 games, bringing his three-year total in Oakland to 25 touchdowns in 46 appearances. The Raiders released him earlier this week once it became clear they were going to sign Jordy Nelson as a replacement for the No. 2 receiver role. Crabtree likely would be the No. 1 option in the passing game if he were to sign with the Ravens.
The Raiders will release Crabtree, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. With Crabtree on the way out, the Raiders will parlay the resulting cap savings into a deal that will bring former Packers wideout Jordy Nelson to Oakland. While not a burner, Crabtree was productive enough during his three-year stint with the Raiders, logging 25 TDs in that span. His catch total dipped to 58 in 14 games this past season, but in the right situation in terms of volume, Crabtree -- who combined for 174 catches in 2015 and 2016 -- could re-emerge as a PPR factor in 2018.
Crabtree's future with the Raiders is uncertain, even after general manager Reggie McKenzie suggested that the wideout is part of the team's plans, Michael Gehlken of The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Oakland may want to retain the 30-year-old wideout, but that doesn't necessarily mean the team is willing to keep him around at his 2018 salary of $7 million. Coming off a season in which he managed just 6.1 yards per target, Crabtree may be asked to accept a pay cut, or at least some form of restructure.
The Raiders plan to retain Crabtree for the 2018 season, league sources informed Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area. Following a disappointing finish to the 2017 campaign, Crabtree was viewed as a potential trade candidate or salary-cap casualty this offseason with his $7.5 million salary and roster bonus not guaranteed for 2018. It's conceivable that the Raiders could ask the veteran wideout to restructure the four-year, $34 million contract extension he inked in December 2015, but after productive meetings with new head coach Jon Gruden over the past month, the 30-year-old looks like he'll remain with Oakland regardless of the financial particulars. Though he should open the upcoming season in a starting role, Crabtree may play second fiddle to fellow receiver Amari Cooper to a greater extent than he has previously. Gruden said Wednesday that he envisions Cooper as the "focal point" of the Oakland offense, according to Scott Bair of NBC Bay Area.
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|7||10/21||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|15||12/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|16||12/23||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
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