Ravens sign WR Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

Arnold Nichols
March 17, 2018

The Ravens struck a deal with Grant on Tuesday after numerous top free-agent wide receivers signed elsewhere.

Newsome and the Ravens front office responded quickly to the Grant fallout, signing Crabtree to a three-year deal Friday after the veteran receiver spent the day at the Under Armour Performance Center meeting with team officials.

What should the Ravens expect from Crabtree?

"Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game", general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field". Crabtree, 30, has a pair of 1,000-yard seasons in his career, and his offensive coordinator for four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers was current Ravens assistant coach Greg Roman. Crabtree is perhaps best known among Ravens fans for being the intended receiver on the 49ers' final offensive play of Super Bowl XLVII, which was broken up in the end zone by Jimmy Smith as the Ravens escaped with a 34-31 win.

Crabtree was released by the Raiders, who signed former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson and cleared more than $7 million in cap space by letting Crabtree go.

The Ravens finished last season ranked 29th in passing offense (189.4 yards per game) and tied for 23rd with just 20 scores through the air.

The biggest concern with Crabtree is his drops. The No. 10 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Crabtree has the 10th-most catches (579) since he entered the league.

The 6-1, 215-pound Crabtree has totalled at least 85 catches in a season three times, including a career-high 89 in 2016.

Crabtree joins former Arizona receiver John Brown as new potential targets for quarterback Joe Flacco, who directed a lacklustre passing attack that a year ago ranked 27th in the NFL.

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