Report: Raiders will keep Michael Crabtree for 2018

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If the Raiders hadn’t changed coaches, they might be changing one of their starting wide receivers. But they did, and thus Michael Crabtree will get a fresh start with Jon Gruden.

Oakland will keep Crabtree on the roster for 2018, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Crabtree, 30, fell out of favor with the coaching staff last season. He played only 46 of 121 offensive snaps in the final two games, catching two passes for 17 yards.

That, combined with the fact that his release would free up $7.69 million in salary cap space, invited speculation about his future with the team.

In three seasons in Oakland, Crabtree has 232 catches for 2,543 yards and 25 touchdowns.

18 responses to “Report: Raiders will keep Michael Crabtree for 2018

  1. An upgrade is going to cost too much, better to try and draft and develop a replacement. The whole Raider offense had a down year, let’s give Gruden a year to see who fits into what he wants to do.

  2. Seems like last August Raider Nation had the team winning the SB, Del Rio was Coach of the Year, Carr was MVP, Crabs and Coops were headed to Canton, what happened? Anyway, congrats on yet another Paper Championship. Nobody does it better.

  3. babygaga19 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    The AFC West


    Outside of Denver he’s beaten the other two with big, game winning catches. Doubt they’re gleeful about him remaining a Raider.

  4. I’m pleased to see Crabtree back. He was a huge part of the Raiders offense and has a good on-the-field rappoort with Carr which made him Carr’s most reliable receiver.

    I never believed the reports that Crabtree was a “disrupting influence” given that he was a key contributor in the Raiders’ turn-around years 2015/2016. On the other hand, Lynch is a proven cancer who’s addition to the roster was the main reason for the Raiders’ 2017 flop. Lynch & Penn need to be excised if the Raiders are to have any hope of being competitive in 2018.

  5. IMO Crabtree is an above average receiver. But he was in Harbaugh’s dog house in SF more often than not. So much so that he basically didn’t play in his last season across the bay. His selfish on-field actions (Sherman, Talib et al) make him a personal foul liability. Those 15 yard penalties kill drives

  6. King Crab never took himself out of any games. That was cleared up long ago. He played every play that his number was called.
    He has issues with guys like Sherman and Talib……two of the biggest talkers and posers around.
    Crabtree is a play maker period. He brings it every game, and has been the most dependable receiver on the team. Gruden knows the team, and especially Carr, are better with Crabtree in the field.

  7. And still an improvement over DHB. Which was a bad choice over crab in the draft. Glad we finally got who we should have picked anyway.

    We finally got one over on the chiefs since carrs first win, thatbwas due to crab being clutch.
    Another year won’t hurt.

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