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 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.
McCrane signed a contract with the Cardinals on Saturday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
McCrane worked out for Arizona on Friday and officially joins the team as an insurance policy with kicker Phil Dawson battling a hip injury. Even if the veteran kicker is unable to play, McCrane isn't an overly attractive fantasy option given the Cardinals' struggles on offense (13.8 points per game) and his own issues earlier this season (5-for-9 on field-goal attempts in three games with the Raiders).
McCrane worked out for the Cardinals on Friday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
With Arizona kicker Phil Dawson battling a hip injury and uncertain to play Sunday against the Raiders, the team likely wants to keep McCrane around on standby if a replacement is needed. The 24-year-old struggled in his brief stint with Oakland this season, making five of nine field goals over three games before being released.
McCrane was released from the Cardinals' practice squad Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
McCrane was brought into Arizona as a reserve option while starting kicker Phil Dawson dealt with a hip injury, but will ultimately part ways with the Cardinals. The 24-year-old will search for a depth opportunity elsewhere in the league.
The Cardinals signed McCrane to their practice squad Friday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
McCrane lands in Arizona after being waived by the Raiders earlier this week. With starting kicker Phil Dawson (hip) nursing a right hip injury, McCrane will serve as an emergency option for the Cardinals' offense. McCrane made only five of nine field-goal attempts during his stay in Oakland.
The Raiders waived McCrane on Tuesday, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Since Mike Nugent (hip) was placed on injured reserve in September, McCrane had taken over as the Raiders' kicker, but didn't offer much stability in that role. In his three games with the club, McCrane had converted just five of his nine field-goal attempts, prompting the Raiders to go in a different direction. Rookie Eddy Pineiro (groin) is an option to return from IR beginning in Week 9 if healthy enough to do so, but the Raiders will need to bring in another kicker for at least Sunday's game against the Colts. Expect the Raiders to hold workouts for a number of kickers over the next couple of days before signing one to the 53-man roster.
McCrane made a 43-yard field goal in Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Seahawks, but he also missed wide left from 48.
McCrane has now missed at least one field-goal attempt in all three of his appearances with the Raiders, while a struggling offense has limited the kicker's upside. Oakland will look to straighten things out during their upcoming bye before hosting the Colts in Week 8.
McCrane made one of two field-goal attempts and converted an extra point in Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Chargers.
McCrane was held to just four total points as the Raiders' offense struggled to move the ball until garbage time, but he also came up short on a 57-yard try at the end of the first half. He's now missed three field-goal attempts in two games with Oakland, though two of those misfires came from 50-plus. McCrane's next test will come at home against the Seahawks in Week 6.
McCrane made three of five field-goal attempts to go along with four extra-point conversions in Sunday's 45-42 overtime win over the Browns.
McCrane missed a pair of field-goal attempts from 47 and 50 yards before nailing the game-winner in overtime from 29 yards out, salvaging an otherwise iffy Raiders debut. He'll look to improve upon his long-distance accuracy in Week 5 against the Chargers while fellow kicker Mike Nugent (hip) remains on IR.
McCrane is the only healthy kicker on Oakland's roster ahead of the team's Week 4 game against the Browns after Mike Nugent (hip) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The matchup might provide some cause for optimism, but the Browns have actually been playing pretty well on the defensive side through the first three weeks, and McCrane will be making his first appearance in an NFL regular-season game. There's no real reason to consider the 24-year-old as a Week 4 fantasy option, though his strong leg does create some semblance of upside.
McCrane secured a deal with the Raiders on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Starter Mike Nugent is battling a hip injury, so the Raiders held a tryout with multiple kickers, and McCrane won the battle. The undrafted rookie hit 81 percent of his field goals during his senior season at Kansas State. Nugent still has a chance to play Sunday versus the Browns, but it's likelier McCrane takes his place in Week 4.