Michael Crabtree hires Kliff Kingbury’s agent, gets deal done

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It’s not yet clear what changed financially in the past two weeks to help receiver Michael Crabtree finally get a deal done in Arizona. One thing is clear: Since working out for Arizona on August 5, Crabtree hired the agent who represents Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, along with Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.

According to NFLPA records, Crabtree parted ways with Doug Hendrickson and hired Erik Burkhardt in the time since Crabtree visited Arizona. Given the mandatory five-day waiting period that applies when a player disengages with one agent, the wheels surely were put in motion not long after Crabtree landed on Arizona’s radar, worked out for the team along with two other receivers, emerged as the winner of the workout, but declined to accept the terms offered by the Cardinals.

The Cardinals originally offered a one-year deal with a base salary of $2.5 million plus up to $2 million in incentives. Crabtree balked, given the contracts signed this year by comparable players.

However things unfolded after that, it necessarily became much easier to establish an acceptable middle ground when the guy hired to represent Crabtree’s interests also represents the interests of the coach who wants to sign him.

Sure, it’s a conflict of interest. But it’s not only permitted but also commonplace, and in this case it undoubtedly helped get the deal done. Crabtree, who was poised to become a Cardinal 16 days ago, is now a member of the team, taking the spot on the depth chart created by Wednesday’s release of Kevin White.

5 responses to “Michael Crabtree hires Kliff Kingbury’s agent, gets deal done

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    kamthechancellor says:
    August 22, 2019 at 8:41 am
    Lol…that “vaunted” Cardinal wr draft class can’t be all that if they’re signing this bust.

    If you want to talk about busts you might want to look at SEA”s draft class. SEA has the weakest WR room in the league, DK Metcalf has proven nothing yet except he excels at getting hurt already needing another surgery. SEA has 1 good WR in Lockett and that’s it outside a Cardinals cast off who was a WR4 here in Jaron Brown who’s proven nothing over his career. SEA’s WR is the definition of terrible, i’d worry more about SEA WR room rather than Arizona’s if I were you because Wilson has no on to throw to.

    Arizona’s receiver room is loaded with talent with a nice mix of speed and possession receivers and they’ve been extremely impressed with their WR class, and unlike SEA’s rookies Arizona’s rookie WR room have produced earning starting rolls actually stay on the field and out of the trainers room, a novel concept I know.

  2. Michael Crabtree is a good solid addition to that room given Murray another proven veteran WR to go to. The Cardinals receiver room looks good with a nice mix of talents and a lot of speed in that room. The Cardinals have more than enough weapons at WR for Murray to go to in WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR Christian Kirk who is a stuf and ready to really produce this season really polishing up his route running w/ 4.4 spd, WR Andy Isabella who w/ elite 4.29-4.31 speed keeps getting better & better, WR Michael Crabtree is a good very solid possession WR, WR Trent Sherfield going into his 2nd season has tremendously improved his game lighting up through camp and the preseason, Rookie WR Keesean Johnson was the best route runner in the draft and has extremely impressive thus far as one of the most impressive receivers in camp & is ready to start and Arizona will decide between deep threat WR Damiere Byrd w/ 4.30spd & All-Pro returner Pharoh Cooper who likely make the team due to his ability as a returner on special teams in the return game.
    Arizona’s RB David Johnson doubles as an elite caliber #2 receiver slash route runner and will be a huge part of the passing game as well as Chase Edmonds with 3 very solid receiving TE’s.

    Arizona has done a good job of building the roster around Murray w/ Murray have a good core of weapons around him & enough at receiver to rotate guys and run the offense the way Kliff wants allowing him to use the entire playbook.

  3. Yea but the Cards O-line are still bottom feeders. Cast offs, FA’s and guys other teams don’t want. QB1 better release the ball in under 2.8 seconds or he’s gonna win the death pool.

    And just release AQ please. I get it he’s smart and can make the line calls. He also is a liability because every team just bull rushes the A gaps and he ends up implanted on the QB’s shins. Stick Cole in there, Stick with the 11 package with the TE blocking. D Johnson is average at best with pass-pro so watch for Murray to roll and extend the pocket, RPO whether intended or not will be his lifeline.

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