Crabtree to Visit Ravens Friday

The Oakland Raiders cut wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, today after signing receiver Jordy Nelson to a two year deal. Once news broke about Crabtree’s release, he was immediately linked to the Baltimore Ravens. Now the nine year veteran out of Texas Tech is visiting Charm City tomorrow.

With the recent news about receiver, Ryan Grant failing his physical and eventually having his contract from the Ravens void, Crabtree could be in line for a Baltimore payday.

The 6’2, 215 lb Crabtree has played for both the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, racking up 6780 yards and 51 touchdowns.

Crabtree would be a terrific signing for the Ravens as he’s a big play receiver who has consistently burnt the Ravens. Although he is coming off his worst season of his career, Crabtree is expected to get a contract around $10.2 million per year, and with the recent contract restructure of Brandon Williams and the Ravens no longer having to pay Grant, they should be able to pay around that much.

Fans should know of Crabtree for that final defensive stand in Super Bowl XLVII, where he called for a pass interference on Jimmy Smith, and more recently for scoring the game winning touchdowns against the Ravens in 2015 and 2016.

If Crabtree leaves the Ravens’ facility tomorrow with a deal in place, the Ravens will have virtually flipped how the offseason has gone so far, and fans will have some hope for next season.

My prediction is Crabtree gets a contract somewhere along the lines of three years, $30 million, with about $17 million guaranteed. Most players are looking for three year deals because they will then be free agents again once the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is in place.

Let’s hope a deal gets done tomorrow, Ravens fans. I mean, it’s only fitting to have a player named “CRAB”tree play in Baltimore.

(Plus we do not play Aqib Talib and the Los Angeles Rams, so his chain would not be snatched for an unprecedented third time.)

Jesse Balasus

The only thing cooler than me, is the Natty Boh in my hand.

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