McCrane was let go by the Steelers on Thursday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. McCrane was signed by the Steelers prior to their Week 17 matchup with Cincinnati last season -- Chris Boswell was placed on injured reserve just before the transaction. The Kansas State product went on to make all three field-goal attempts (32, 35, 39) in their win. McCrane appeared in five games in the 2018 season -- three with Oakland, one with Arizona and one with Pittsburgh. The 24-year-old will now have the opportunity to look for a more long-term role with a new team.
McCrane signed a contract with the Steelers on Friday. McCrane heads to Pittsburgh in advance of Week 17 as the team placed Chris Boswell on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. The 24-year-old made five of nine field-goal attempts and all eight PATs over four games between the Raiders and Cardinals this season. McCrane could quickly find himself in the spotlight as the Steelers attempt to work their way into the playoffs Sunday against the Bengals.
McCrane worked out with the Steelers on Wednesday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. If signed by Pittsburgh, McCrane would be playing for his third team this season. McCrane entered the season with the Cardinals but signed with the Raiders on Sep. 25. As a Raider, McCrane was 5-9 on field goal attempts before being released and finding his way back to Arizona -- only to become a free agent Nov. 19. The Steelers may be looking to replace Chris Boswell, who missed two field goals -- including one in the final moments that would've sent the game into overtime -- against the Raiders on Sunday.
McCrane was released by the Cardinals on Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. McCrane started for the Cardinals during Sunday's loss to the Raiders and converted all three extra-point tries without attempting a field goal. With veteran kicker Phil Dawson (hip) expected to return Week 12, McCrane's spot on the 53-man roster was simply no longer secure. He could see work elsewhere in the league this year as an emergency option at the kicker position.
McCrane will start Sunday's contest against the Raiders, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Signed by the Cardinals on Saturday as an emergency option, McCrane will slot in for the injured Phil Dawson (hip). In three appearances for the Raiders this season, McCrane struck true on five of nine field-goal attempts and all five point-after tries.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New England Patriots||10||6.58|
|3||09/22||@San Francisco 49ers||23||7.44|
|6||10/14||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||6.44|
|10||11/10||Los Angeles Rams||19||7.32|
|16||12/22||@New York Jets||31||9.00|