Michael Crabtree gets one-year deal worth up to $5.5 million

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After the Cardinals worked out receiver Michael Crabtree (and others), decided they wanted Crabtree, and offered him a deal, Crabtree wanted more. So the Cardinals created the false impression that they didn’t really want Crabtree, and that they were simply doing “some due diligence.”

More than two weeks later, some checks due and payable to Crabtree will be significantly larger than they would have been.

No doubt aided by the hiring of the agent who represents coach Kliff Kingsbury, Crabtree ended up with a contract that will pay out a base salary of $3.25 million, along with incentives up to $2.25 million, per a source with knowledge of the deal.

The prior offer had $2.5 million in base salary, and (per the source) only $1.5 million in incentives. The final deal also including a doubling of the signing bonus.

The magnitude of the deal makes it clear that Crabtree will be part of the 53-man roster. The real question is whether and to what extent he’ll help at the NFL level and offense with which he’s very familiar based on his time at Texas Tech.

17 responses to “Michael Crabtree gets one-year deal worth up to $5.5 million

  1. Amazing that players who are well beyond their prime still get chances while young hungry players get overlooked because horrible teams resort to these measures.

  2. Not bad for a guy that’s been effectively retired by the rest of the league.

    FBI might be on his trail, because he just robbed a franchise in Arizona.

  3. That’s a lot of money for a guy who nobody else wanted. He’s had chances his entire career and hasn’t even come close to living up to expectations. Maybe Kingsbury can get more out of him but I doubt it.

  4. Knows the system and runs clean routes. Not a bad signing, especially in light of Hakeem Butler going on IR. That’s the one thing that’s changed in the last two weeks – they lost a key rookie WR to IR.

  5. This dude better watch out. He’s back in the same division as Talib. He’s gonna get his chain snatched. That’s going to lead to a whole mess of problems.

  6. I believe the Cards are hoping the chemistry between Kingsbury and Crabbtree is still there. I also believe the Cards could have had Crabbtree for less. Crabbtree’s comment ‘I blew my chance’ was telling. He wanted to be reunited with Kingsbury. I would have offered him another $25,000-30,000 in both salary and incentives. But I guess it all depends on guaranteed salary. Crabbtree can into the NFL with high hopes. His attitude quite possible got the best of him. He hasn’t been the success people thought he would be.

    As a Cards fan, I hope this time will be different. Hopefully that Kingsbury / Carbbtree connection will resurface again.

  7. Butler hasn’t been put on IR yet. If they haven’t done it by now I’m starting to think that they might wait until after roster cuts so they can move him from the 53 to IR/Designated to Return. Even if he doesn’t play much later this season he’s a project and he needs the practice reps. Players on season ending IR are not allowed to practice with the team even if they’re healthy enough to.

  8. The Cardinals draft is a hit so far, with huge successes in Murray, Isabella, Murphy, and Johnson. It was a shame that Butler had such a severe injury, but he’ll be back at least.

    At least the Cardinals draft picks are playing. Can’t say the same for some other teams who seem very nervous about Arizona

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