McCrane made all three of his field-goals (32, 35, 39) and his lone extra-point attempt during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati. Playing his first game with Pittsburgh, McCrane nailed his third field-goal of the game with under two minutes remaining to earn the win. This was the third team he played for in his rookie season, kicking briefly for Oakland and Arizona before joining Pittsburgh. He finishes the 2018 season having made eight of his 12 field-goal tries -- with a long of 47 yards -- and all eight PATs in five games. McCrane, who was clutch in a must-win game after the Steelers suffered through an agonizing season with Chris Boswell, is an exclusive restricted free agent who made $480,000 this season. Boswell has three years remaining on his contract at an average of over $4.2 million per season and nearly $7.3 million in guaranteed money, so McCrane may be looking for a new team in 2019.
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.
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