It didn’t take long for Michael Crabtree to find a taker. Just a day after the Raiders cut him in order to sign Jordy Nelson, Crabtree has signed a deal to join the Ravens according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Raiders’ WR Michael Crabtree reached agreement on a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2018
That didn’t take long; unemployed 24 hours.
With how crazy the wide receiver market has been this year, you knew Crabtree wouldn’t have trouble finding a new team.
His deal pays him an average of $7 million per season with $7.5 million over the first two which is exactly what he was set to make in Oakland. Except now he has some new guarantees.
The #Ravens and WR Michael Crabtree reached a 3-year deal worth $21M, source said. He gets $15M over 2 years… and it could be up to $20M. $11M guaranteed. Really nice deal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2018
Crabtree spent the past three seasons with the Raiders. Initially he came over from the 49ers on a one-year deal, but impressed the organization enough that three quarters the way through the season, they gave him a long term extension.
Even after a 1000-yard 2016 season, the lust had worn off by late last season and Crabtree found himself sidelined for much of the last two games. None of the top receivers on the free agent market were within the Raiders’ price range. But once Jordy Nelson was released by the Packers, the Raiders pounced. They basically gave Crabtree’s salary to Nelson and moved on. Now Crabtree has too.