Report: Raiders may cut Michael Crabtree, Marshawn Lynch

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Despite comments from Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie and coach Jon Gruden that indicated receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch were in the plans for 2018, both could be gone before the regular season.

That’s the word from Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who reports that both players are in flux and could be out of Oakland this year.

The issue is the players’ salaries: Crabtree has a cap hit of $7.7 million this season, while Lynch has a cap hit of nearly $6 million and could earn more in performance incentives. The Raiders would like to have both players back, but not necessarily at those prices.

Lynch has a roster bonus of $1 million due on March 18, so the Raiders may need to decide on his status soon. There’s more time to decide on Crabtree’s status. But decisions will need to be made on both players at some point in the months ahead, and those decisions won’t be as easy as McKenzie and Gruden suggested.

58 responses to “Report: Raiders may cut Michael Crabtree, Marshawn Lynch

  1. Lynch I could understand, but Crabtree? Where else can you find a WR1 for $7.7 mil? I’d say that’s a pretty friendly contract. The Raider’s offense as a whole struggled last year under Todd Downing, but I think they’re in good shape for a bounce back year, Crabtree included.. and I’m not even a Raiders fan.

  2. This is why Tampa got sick of Gruden. He’s two faced. Says one thing to the press and another behind the scenes. That doesn’t play well nowadays. I’d like to see the Raiders do well, they are fun to root for. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of the same old Gruden.

  3. I don’t think Gruden is real keen on guys coming off the bench to defend the opposing players. Just my humble opinion

  4. Cut lynch and crabtree might as well go full rebuild mode, Oakland already has needs at starting CB MLB DT and DE…release the two in the article now WR and RB and will be needed. So like I said full rebuild mode!!!

  5. This Bronco fan thinks that all coaches and GM’s should say.

    “All players and coaches are subject to constant evaluations on a cost/benefit basis.”

  6. No way Crabtree is leaving. I laughed the other day when gruden said that the offense is gonna run through Cooper. if he struggled last year imagine what it will be like being locked up by the other teams #1 cb every week. Crabtree is the only reason that offense can maintain any rhythm and getting him for under 8 mill is a steal.

  7. I really can’t see Oakland doing much in the way of post season play for a Super Bowl berth. QB Carr lacks discipline and just heave-ho’s the ball downfield instead of making strategic plays via progression (read: you don’t always need to hit Home Runs in order to win ball games lol).

  8. Both of those dopes are distractions. This comes as no surprise.
    The real surprise is that both of those fellows make too much money. Almost seven mil each. Both ‘rotten tomatos’.

  9. Let BeastMode go play with his brother Peters in L.A. and let the Rams deal with all drama in the hood…

  10. Typical Raiders, getting rid of Crabtree would be a BIG mistake. He’s their best and most reliable receiver while Cooper has some of the worst hands in the league. By all means, waive Crabtree, they’ll be a line of teams ready & willing to sign him the moment he’s free. Go get ’em Gruden!

  11. I could see cutting Lynch. He’s pretty good. Sometimes. He’s also thinking he has his own team rules.
    His production doesn’t justify separate rules. Screws up the locker room.
    He’ll be gone I’d bet.

  12. OMG, this cant be true? Crabs is awesome. Wasn’t he getting paid $1M a drop? And Lynch was so cool in making peace with the Chiefs and standing up for their players. Man, this is a dark day in Oakland. Two first ballot HOFamers gone!

  13. They would be making the team worse by cutting Crabtree, well they can go ahead. There is allot of other teams who are deprived of Wr’s who would take him.

  14. Think about how bad it would be to rest your offense’s hopes on these two clowns. Thanks, but no thanks. Sayonara…

  15. I would love for Arizona to sign WR Michael Crabtree as a #2WR to pair with Larry Fitzgerald while also drafting a guy. Crabtree would be a really good #2 caliber WR at a reasonable price if Oakland does in fact cut him. If its a cap space issue they likely let him walk before the start of free agency to have the most cap space possible.

  16. Alright I can see maybe cutting lynch, but give the man a break it was family, he defended. I don’t see why you’d cut Crabtree since he wa’s probably the reason the Raiders won the amount of games you won. AL Davis may be gone, but if these moves happen stupidity and the Raiders still run side by side.

  17. ramrene says:
    March 1, 2018 at 9:44 pm
    Typical Raiders, getting rid of Crabtree would be a BIG mistake. He’s their best and most reliable receiver while Cooper has some of the worst hands in the league.

    Except they had the same number of drops.

  18. Remember when Raider Fan thought Lynch was taking them to the SB?

    He couldn’t even get them to the playoffs.

  19. jjackwagon says:
    March 2, 2018 at 9:00 am
    Remember when Raider Fan thought Lynch was taking them to the SB?

    He couldn’t even get them to the playoffs.

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    Yes, but was it really Lynch who was the issue? I would lay the majority of the blame on the guy they are paying $25M a year who was looking up at mediocre all last season. I have to think that Jon Gruden is not happy with that contract.

  20. Crabs is simply not a #1 receiver anymore and his quickness maybe not what you want out of a #2 receiver either. But he’s still a possession receiver. Whether he can play as a #3 is up to him. The Raiders need another receiver.

  21. @Boomer Boomer says:

    Both of those dopes are distractions. This comes as no surprise.
    The real surprise is that both of those fellows make too much money. Almost seven mil each. Both ‘rotten tomatos’.
    ===================================================================================How was Crabtree a distraction? If leading the team in receptions and being the team’s best WR, then there’s many teams that will welcome that type of distraction.

  22. @nhpats says:

    Yes, but was it really Lynch who was the issue? I would lay the majority of the blame on the guy they are paying $25M a year who was looking up at mediocre all last season. I have to think that Jon Gruden is not happy with that contract.
    ===============================================================================================================
    Lynch was very ineffective. Carr was horrible. Gruden talked like he loves Carr otherwise he wouldn’t have taken the job if he didn’t like the QB. Gruden’s getting $10 million a year so Carr better play like a $25 million man.

  23. Lynch isn’t bringing much to the table any longer. But Crabtree caught 8 TDs in just 14 days last season and has 16 in the past two seasons. $7 million isn’t crazy money for a wide receiver and there’s absolutely no guarantee they could replace his production by spending less. Raiders fans better hope this is just the writer trying to get clicks because if this really is representative of how the Raiders are evaluating talent it’s a big red flag.

  24. Cutting Lynch would be a no-brainer. He’s a proven cancer and should never have been added to the roster in the first place. No other team wanted him and he was added purely as a publicity stunt and was a major reason (along with Penn) that the Raiders went from 12-4 to 6-10.

    As for Crabtree, I was iffy about getting him 3 years ago but he’s done pretty well and to my knowledge wasn’t the least bit disruptive. So I wouldn’t want to see him go unless the Raiders can replace him with another good possession receiver.

  25. Crabtree and Lynch are good players. With that I have to openly apologize to Mr. Davis. I was wrong about the error in the Raiders move to Las Vegas. Why? Because Oakland and Cali are a mess with high prices on everything, massive homeless problems and huge illegal immigration and welfare etc. Another is huge and growing municipal and state taxes. There are no state taxes in Nevada! Visiting teams will like going there because players will keep more of their money. Thanks to Jerry Brown and the ultra- liberal legislature Cali is a failed state. Next up..the Chargers, but where to?

  26. They’re re-building the team in a new location and abandoning Oakland AGAIN. Might as well re-build the roster. The Davis family screws over the taxpayers in Oakland yet again.

  27. illumination666 says:
    March 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm
    Lynch I could understand, but Crabtree? Where else can you find a WR1 for $7.7 mil?
    /////////////
    Perhaps the real problem lies in the fact you think a 30 year old WR with 58 catches and 600 yards is a “WR1”.

  28. I’d cut Lynch and restructure Crabtree’s contract. Good move the chains receiver. Lynch is over the hill.

  29. I think both players were at a disadvantage last season, it seemed like coaching fell off the map, the team never once from preseason on, looked ready to play. Let’s face it, No One on the Raiders had a memorable year last season, no one.
    As for Lynch, depends on where his head is at, if he’s down for playing football and doing all it takes to be the best of his ability, then I’m OK with him returning. But we still need to get a good young RB who can take the lead in our ground attack, I don’t see Washington or Richard getting it done.
    Crabtree I’m good with him returning, he may have had a bad year last season, but I think it more a reflection on the entire state of the team than just on his shoulders. Downing wasn’t ready to be an OC and never should have screwed with what was working for them, the O line went from being one of the better units to mediocre at best under him. The difference was the coaches in the 2016 season were using a system to take advantage of the strengths of the players. Downing was using the players to try and fit his system, and that never works, and didn’t. Bottom line we never should have fired our OC, and should have fired our DC at the end of the 2016 season. Bottom line I’m fine with Crabtree, with Lynch I’m on the fence,I could go either way.

  30. The Raiders continue to move backwards. Lets start with your GOAT GM Mckenzie. 36-60? What a joke. No other team would employ him. He has had the time and draft picks to make a significant difference and he hasn’t. Jon Gruden. Once again the Raiders go back to the closet for a rehire. See Art Shell. If it didn’t work the first time, why will the second be any different? The Raiders are a mess. No playoff wins in a hundred years, no fan support, always moving to a new tax payer paid home. Wow, just wow.

  31. If Gruden and Beast Mode can get along then this could be one historic run. Gruden has never had a back like the Skittles Warrior and Lynch has never had a coach like Chucky.

  32. I say keep Crabtree because he’s cheap for what he brings and his familiarity with Carr and cut Lynch free because you can get his production in the draft cheaper without the drama. Draft a rb in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft. Chubb, Freeman or Penny should be available to be the bell cow. After looking at Elijah Hoods college tape more I don’t believe he’s the answer for the future. I’d much rather have kept George Atkinson to be honest. Do believe we need a better slot receiver. A smaller quick twitch guy that can give defences nightmares with crossing underneath routes.

  33. I’ve heard of “coach killer” players. Last year we had some players who were definitely on non football agendas. But, we also had a “career killer” OC.

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