Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
2 months ago

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco suggested that Crabtree has stood out most among the team's new wide receivers during OTAs, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "[Crabtree's] the guy," said Flacco. "Because he's got a little different way that he runs the routes. He's really crafty with it, and he knows when to break away from guys and how to get open"

EDGE Analysis

Baltimore swapped out Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin and Michael Campanaro for Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead -- with Crabtree's three-year, $21 million contract easily ranking first among the bunch. While a clear favorite to lead his new team in targets and red-zone opportunities, the 30-year-old wideout may struggle for efficiency in an offense that produced a league-worst 5.7 yards per pass attempt last season. He seems to be earning Flacco's trust rather quickly, after doing the same with Derek Carr in Oakland the past three years.

Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
4 months ago

Crabtree has signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

After voiding the deal they had with fellow receiver Ryan Grant, the Ravens moved quickly to scoop up Crabtree, who the Raiders cut to make way for Jordy Nelson. Crabtree isn't particularly fast by NFL standards, but he did manage to log 25 TDs during his three-year stint with the Raiders. Though his reception total dipped to 58 in 14 contests in 2017, the 30-year-old -- who combined for 174 catches in 2015 and 2016 -- should benefit from the fact that he now profiles as QB Joe Flacco's top option at wideout, a team context that should generate a decent share of volume and red zone opportunities for Crabtree this coming season.

Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
4 months ago

Crabtree is visiting the Ravens on Friday, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.

EDGE Analysis

Crabtree would replace Ryan Grant, whose four-year, $29 million contract was nullified after the Ravens failed him on a physical. The team is badly in need of a wide receiver, as injury-prone John Brown is the only player signed thus far to replace Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin. The 30-year-old Crabtree caught 58 of 101 targets for only 618 yards last season, but he nonetheless managed to hit paydirt eight times in 14 games, bringing his three-year total in Oakland to 25 touchdowns in 46 appearances. The Raiders released him earlier this week once it became clear they were going to sign Jordy Nelson as a replacement for the No. 2 receiver role. Crabtree likely would be the No. 1 option in the passing game if he were to sign with the Ravens.

Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
4 months ago

The Raiders will release Crabtree, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Crabtree on the way out, the Raiders will parlay the resulting cap savings into a deal that will bring former Packers wideout Jordy Nelson to Oakland. While not a burner, Crabtree was productive enough during his three-year stint with the Raiders, logging 25 TDs in that span. His catch total dipped to 58 in 14 games this past season, but in the right situation in terms of volume, Crabtree -- who combined for 174 catches in 2015 and 2016 -- could re-emerge as a PPR factor in 2018.

Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
5 months ago

Crabtree's future with the Raiders is uncertain, even after general manager Reggie McKenzie suggested that the wideout is part of the team's plans, Michael Gehlken of The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Oakland may want to retain the 30-year-old wideout, but that doesn't necessarily mean the team is willing to keep him around at his 2018 salary of $7 million. Coming off a season in which he managed just 6.1 yards per target, Crabtree may be asked to accept a pay cut, or at least some form of restructure.

Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
5 months ago

The Raiders plan to retain Crabtree for the 2018 season, league sources informed Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area.

EDGE Analysis

Following a disappointing finish to the 2017 season, Crabtree was viewed as a potential trade candidate or salary-cap casualty this offseason with his $7.5 million salary and roster bonus not guaranteed for the 2018 campaign. It's conceivable that the Raiders could ask the veteran wideout to restructure the four-year, $34 million contract extension he inked in December 2015, but after productive meetings with new head coach Jon Gruden over the past month, the 30-year-old looks like he'll remain with Oakland regardless of the financial particulars. Though he should open the upcoming season in a starting role, Crabtree may play second fiddle to fellow receiver Amari Cooper to a greater extent than he has previously. Gruden said Wednesday that he envisions Cooper as the "focal point" of the Oakland offense, according to Scott Bair of NBC Bay Area.

Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
6 months ago

Crabtree caught two passes on as many targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers. He finishes his 2017 campaign with 58 receptions (on 101 targets) for 618 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games.

EDGE Analysis

Crabtree logged just 17 snaps in the Raiders' gloomy season finale, resulting in a spell of frustration from the starting receiver as he totaled two catches on five targets throughout the last two games combined. Despite such a disappointing conclusion for the 30-year-old, Crabtree's eight touchdowns and 58 receptions led the team in 2017. Although his contract includes two more years with the Raiders, Crabtree's future may not be concrete as the team elected to fire head coach Jack Del Rio after Sunday's loss, while additional changes to the coaching staff could be made throughout the offseason as well. Crabtree will enter his ninth year in the league battling late-season frustrations after a campaign in which he posted his lowest catch and yardage totals since appearing in five games with the 49ers in 2013.

Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
7 months ago

Crabtree (hamstring) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Crabtree was bothered by his hamstring during Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles, failing to haul in any of his three targets while logging an unusually low 45-percent snap share. His quick recovery is good news for the Oakland offense heading into a tough Week 17 matchup against a hot Chargers defense that still has everything to play for. The Chargers put top cornerback Casey Hayward on Amari Cooper (ankle) in the first meeting between these teams, limiting the third-year wideout to five catches for 28 yards on six targets while Crabtree hauled in six of 10 passes for 52 yards and a score.

Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
7 months ago

Crabtree was bothered by his hamstring during Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

This helps to explain why Crabtree was held without a catch on three targets and saw limited playing time in the second half. Another update should be available Wednesday afternoon when the Raiders release their initial injury report for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Michael Crabtree
WR BAL (10)
7 months ago

Crabtree was targeted three times and didn't catch any passes in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles.

EDGE Analysis

The zero-catch day marked Crabtree's worst performance of the season, not counting the Nov. 26 game against the Broncos when he was ejected after five plays for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness. The invisible showing was especially surprising given that Crabtree had been targeted a combined 30 times over the previous two weeks. Crabtree probably won't get shut out again in Week 17, but a matchup against a tough Chargers secondary doesn't set the veteran up well to deliver a bounce-back effort.