Cardinals Unable to Make a Deal with Veteran WR Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree with Oakland Raiders in 2017. Photo by Jevone Moore/CSM/Shutterstock (9304560b)

Veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree won’t land with Arizona Cardinals after all. Despite having a successful workout with the Cardinals on Monday, Crabtree decided to look for another team to play for in 2019.

Crabtree spent the previous year with Baltimore Ravens but was released in February following a disappointing 2018 NFL season.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cardinals offered Crabtree a contract, but the two sides couldn’t agree on the terms of the deal and ended up parting ways. 

Cardinals seemed like a perfect place for Crabtree as their receiving core could use veteran depth. Besides Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona’s options on WR are mostly consisted of youngsters and include KeeSean Johnson, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, and Hakeem Butler.

Michael Crabtree signed a three-year, $21 million contract with Ravens in 2018, and was supposed to be one of the team’s main receiving options. However, Crabtree’s first season in Baltimore was marked with inconsistency and alarming drop rate as he finished the year with 54 receptions for 607 yards and three touchdowns.

Prior to a stint with Baltimore, Crabtree has developed a reputation of a productive WR during his stops with San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. His NFL career stats include 633 receptions for 7,477 yards and 54 TDs.