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Michael Crabtree | Wide Receiver

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/14/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 214
College: Texas Tech
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Michael Crabtree is expected to start opposite Amari Cooper.
Cooper is locked and loaded as the No. 1 wideout and a candidate for heavy volume right out of the gate. After that, it'll be Crabtree fighting off the likes of Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and Brice Butler for scraps. Given what we've seen from Crabtree since his 2013 Achilles' tear, there's little reason for optimism. He's barely a WR4 type. May 7 - 8:36 AM
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New Raiders WR Michael Crabtree admits he has a "lot to prove."

"A lot to prove," Crabtree reiterated. "Ain’t got nothing to lose and have a lot to prove." Crabtree hasn't been the same player since his 2013 Achilles' tear, and has developed a reputation as an unideal teammate. It's why he was limited to a one-year, incentive-laden deal in free agency. Especially with Derek Carr still being an unproven commodity, Crabtree is going to have a tough time reviving his career in Oakland.
Apr 23 - 8:53 PM

CSN Bay Area considers Michael Crabtree's $2.2 million in incentives "hard to reach."

Crabtree's one-year deal has a base value of $3 million. Beyond that, he'll receive a $400,000 bonus for posting either 70 catches or 900 yards. He'd get another $1.4 million if he clears 100/1,400. There's also a $400,000 Pro Bowl bonus. We'd consider Crabtree unlikely to reach any of his incentives.
Apr 16 - 4:36 PM

Raiders signed WR Michael Crabtree to a one-year, $3 million contract with another $2 million available through incentives.

A May 2013 Achilles' rupture sparked a sharp downturn in Crabtree's career, as he's been brutally slow-footed since and bottomed out by playing just 68.1 percent of the 49ers' snaps last season. His free agent market was predictably ice cold, with only the Dolphins, Raiders and Ravens showing any interest. That allowed Reggie McKenzie to swoop in, as he has massive holes at wideout and tons of money to burn after missing out on big-ticket WRs Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin. But if Crabtree was looking to rehab his value, the Black Hole isn't the place to do it. The Raiders haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2005 (Randy Moss) and we wouldn't expect Crabtree to break that streak. He'll be part of a rotation with James Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and a draft pick.
Apr 13 - 8:10 PM

The Raiders, Dolphins and Ravens have shown the most interest in signing free agent WR Michael Crabtree.

Crabtree has visited Miami and Oakland, leaving both without a contract. The Ravens could also have him in, perhaps after May 13 when they'd no longer have to give up a compensatory pick to sign him. Crabtree wisely isn't rushing into a decision as he needs to land in the best spot possible to rebuild his crushed market. The Ravens, currently boasting Steve Smith and a bunch of nobodies at wideout for pass-happy Marc Trestman, have to be intriguing for Crabtree.
Apr 13 - 11:56 AM

Free agent Michael Crabtree dropped 10-of-78 catchable passes in 2014.

His 12.82 percent drop rate was the fourth-worst among qualified receivers, behind only Mohamed Sanu, Torrey Smith, and Kelvin Benjamin. Diminished speed, a concerning injury history, and coming off a season where he couldn't catch the ball has certainly affected Crabtree's market. Crabtree also battled drops early in his career. Possession receivers like him need to have reliable hands.
Apr 6 - 8:42 PM

Free agent Michael Crabtree is visiting the Raiders Monday.

The Raiders whiffed on Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin in free agency, leaving them with James Jones, Andre Holmes and Rod Streater atop the depth chart again. It makes wideout arguably their biggest need. Crabtree isn't very exciting, but does have sure hands and should come cheaply on a one-year deal. He has to realize by now that he's not going to get anything more than $3 million.
Apr 6 - 12:01 PM

The Dolphins offered free agent Michael Crabtree "close to $3 million" but he turned it down, according to the Miami Herald.

Crabtree wanted something closer to $4.5 million. With so many big-time receiver prospects in this year's draft, teams aren't going to overpay for an underachiever like Crabtree. He'll visit the Raiders next. If Oakland's offer is similar to Miami's, Crabtree would be wise to take the money.
Apr 5 - 11:06 AM

Free agent WR Michael Crabtree will visit the Raiders next week.

The Raiders are in need of receiver help, but they already seem to have a couple slow-footed possession receivers like Crabtree in James Jones and Rod Streater. Oakland needs a bonafide No. 1 wideout with some speed to stretch the field since it doesn't seem sold on restricted free agent Andre Holmes. Crabtree, initially hoping for $9-10 million annually, should come cheap for $2-3 million.
Apr 3 - 10:30 AM

"Sources around the league" tell Bleacher Report's Jason Cole that free agent Michael Crabtree's market has "crashed."

Cole's sources are just stating the obvious. Per Cole, Crabtree apparently believed he was going to make $9-$10 million per year before the start of last season. It would be a miracle for Crabtree to get even half that. The most likely outcome is Crabtree accepting $2-$3 million on a one-year, "prove-it" deal. To date, his lone visit has been to the Dolphins.
Mar 31 - 2:21 PM

The Florida Times Union reports the Jaguars "have never been interested" in free agent Michael Crabtree.

"The same goes for Reggie Wayne," writes beat reporter Ryan O'Halloran. The Jags are in the market for a veteran wideout, but prefer Greg Jennings to Wayne and Crabtree. The outlook for Crabtree's free agent market remains soft and ultimately bleak. He's probably going to have a tough time finding a starting job.
Mar 30 - 9:49 PM

GM Trent Baalke has confirmed the 49ers are open to re-signing free agent Michael Crabtree, but hinted it wasn't likely.

"As long as Michael’s out there, he’s just like any other (unrestricted free agent)," Baalke said. "You never say never." It's not exactly a ringing endorsement. Crabtree's lone-known visit of free agency was to the Dolphins last week. CSN Bay Area has reported Crabtree is willing to wait "however long it takes to find an appealing situation for the 2015 season." That's the right mindset since Crabtree's wait has no end in sight.
Mar 24 - 7:26 PM

Free agent WR Michael Crabtree is reportedly willing to wait "however long it takes to find an appealing situation for the 2015 season."

Crabtree's market has been ice cold, with teams scared off by both his sapped lower-leg explosion and questionable locker room character. The 49ers and Dolphins have both shown a bit of mild interest, but only as a complementary player. Crabtree, who knows he needs a big chance to rehab his value on a one-year "prove it" contract, should be trying to find a spot he'll have a major role. The problem is that opportunity may never come.
Mar 24 - 12:26 PM

The Dolphins confirmed they hosted free agent Michael Crabtree on Thursday.

As far as we know, it's Crabtree's first visit of free agency. Unless he rediscovers some of his steadily-diminishing explosion, Crabtree would be a Brandon Gibson-esque possession receiver for the Dolphins' remodeled offense.
Mar 19 - 7:22 PM

49ers coaches reportedly felt free agent Michael Crabtree was "really slowed down" by lower-leg injuries in 2014.

NFL Network's Albert Breer also says there's a negative "perception" about Crabtree's attitude. The concern about Crabtree's lower-leg injuries was borne out in his usage by the 49ers staff, which deployed Crabtree as a possession receiver. Lower-leg injuries also brought Hakeem Nicks and Michael Clayton's careers to a halt. It's not a surprise Crabtree has drawn scant interest in free agency. Even at age 27, he doesn't separate or run after the catch like he used to.
Mar 19 - 1:00 PM