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Cardinals sign WR Michael Crabtree to one-year deal

Michael Crabtree, Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a deal earlier in the week. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that it’ll be for one year, worth $3.25 million. With incentives, he can hit a maximum of $5.5 million salary. The team signed Crabtree following the release of Kevin White and a Hakeem Butler injury.

Michael Crabtree played college ball at Texas Tech under Mike Leach. Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who played and coached at Texas Tech, shares a similar playbook to Leach; both are Air Raid play-callers through and through.

A 10-year veteran, Crabtree has played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ersOakland Raiders, and Baltimore Ravens. He’s accumulated two 1,000+ yard seasons, in 2012 with the 49ers, and 2016 with the Raiders. In 2018, he played for the Ravens, started all 16 games, and tallied 54 receptions for 607 yards and three touchdowns.

In his career, Crabtree has a grand total of 633 catches for 7,477 yards and 60 touchdowns to his name. His career catch rate stands at 59.6%.

It’s unknown where Crabtree fits within the Cardinals’ new-look offense. He’ll likely be a backup. However, Kingsbury notes that he should help immensely in the development of younger players; chiefly, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, and KeeSean Johnson. Kingsbury said in a press conference on Thursday, via AZCardinals.com,

“I think he’s been a very productive player in this league. Very savvy, mentally tough player, plays physical, brings a lot for our young receivers to learn from and be around. We’re excited about him.”

Crabtree will team up with Larry Fitzgerald to be an elder statesman in an otherwise young group of receivers.

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