Michael Crabtree agrees to a three-year deal with Ravens
On Thursday, the Oakland Raiders released veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree to pave the way for the team to bring in Jordy Nelson. Crabtree didn’t stay a free agent for long with the wideout finding a new home in the NFL on Friday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Crabtree has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens on a long-term deal. The Ravens were looking to bolster their receiving corps in NFL free agency and were able to do just that with the addition of Crabtree.
Former Raiders’ WR Michael Crabtree reached agreement on a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, per source.
That didn’t take long; unemployed 24 hours.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2018
After two solid seasons with the Raiders following his exit from the San Francisco 49ers, Crabtree took a step back during the 2017 campaign. The 30-year-old wideout had at least eight touchdowns for the third straight season but recorded only 58 receptions for 618 yards.
Along with a dip in production, Crabtree had an ugly on-field scuffle with then-Denver Broncos corner Aqib Talib which resulted in a suspension. The veteran’s time with Oakland was rumored to be coming to an end with the wideout falling out of favor with the organization.
Ultimately, Crabtree was released as expected and now will likely become Joe Flacco’s go-to receiver in the Ravens’ passing game. Baltimore recently parted ways with Jeremy Maclin giving Crabtree an opportunity to become a major part of the team’s offense next season and perhaps for the foreseeable future.
After missing the playoffs for a third consecutive year, the team is under pressure to end the postseason drought and Crabtree should help the offense get back on track in 2018.