The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they have released veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree after just one season with the team.
Last off-season Crabtree signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Ravens. Releasing him saves the team $4.6 million in cap space.
Over the course of his career Crabtree has been a pretty steady presence on whichever team that he’s been a part of, catching 633 passes for 7,477 yards and 54 touchdowns.
His best years were probably in his three-season stint with the Raiders, where he averaged his most yards per game and caught just one less touchdown, 25, than he did in his six seasons with the 49ers.
Last season with the Raiders, he caught 54 passes for 607 yards and three touchdowns. We did see a slight drop-off in Crabtree’s catch percentage from years past, but it wasn’t a significant drop and he was playing most of the season with Lamar Jackson as his quarterback, who isn’t known as the best dropback passer.
Pro Football Focus ranked Crabtree as the 79th best receiver in football this past season, which equates to a pretty average season. However, the 31-year old, who will be 32-years old just after the season starts, has two 1,000 yard seasons in his career and has shown that he’s still a capable pass-catcher. He will likely find a job pretty quickly once the new league year starts.