Michael Crabtree signs 3-year deal with Ravens
- Author: Steve Townsend Mar 17, 2018,
Mar 17, 2018, 1:31
What should the Ravens expect from Crabtree?
Newsome said the Ravens' pursuit of Crabtree would have occurred regardless of whether the Ravens had signed Grant. "I came here, loved it and signed on the dotted line".
Newsome dismissed any scrutiny the Ravens have faced nationally over the size of the deal for a player who has no 100-yard games and has not reached 1,000 yards in his four-year career. "He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball". Two years ago, Crabtree had seven catches for 88 yards and three touchdowns during a 28-27 Raiders win at M&T Bank Stadium. He has also twice surpassed 1,000 receiving yards, tallying a career-high 1,105 (on 85 receptions) in 2012.
Crabtree had a solid season with the Raiders in 2017. "The next piece is to get a better passing game".
We will see soon enough if Weddle gets his wish. "That's a medical condition that I have no control over".
The Ravens failed Grant on his physical over an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, a source told Schefter. "But he had passed their post-season physical, so we had no indication that it could have been there". Newsome said they have been in contact with agents for both. "A lot of times when you go with a vertical receiver, they have a very limited route tree".
The signing is the Ravens' boldest move yet in their offseason overhaul of their receiving corps.
Newsome said he "has not closed the door" on re-signing receivers Michael Campanaro and Mike Wallace, and has been "having conversations" with several tight ends. "They like to use a lot of receivers with speed".