The Ravens announced on Monday that they are releasing receiver Michael Crabtree. He signed a three year, $21 million deal with Baltimore back in March 2018.
It took only one year for the Ravens to figure out that Crabtree wasn’t a number one receiver. The 31-year-old caught just 54 of his 100 targets last season.
The Ravens are releasing veteran wideout Michael Crabtree, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. ESPN first reported the news.
Crabtree, who was set to make a base salary of $5 million in 2019, lasted just one season in Baltimore after signing a three-year, $21 million deal in March 2018. The 31-year-old receiver was part of the Ravens‘ desire to bolster the receiving corps, which included the additions of John Brown and Willie Snead during the offseason.
But Crabtree’s production didn’t inspire in his role as the No. 1 wide receiver. He started 16 games and totaled 54 catches for 607 yards and three touchdowns on 100 targets for a career-low 54 percent catch percentage.
The Ravens figured out they don’t need any receivers at all, because once they turned the team over to Lamar Jackson, they became a run heavy team.
It has to be somewhat of a relief for Crabtree as well. What receiver wants to play on a team that runs the ball the majority of the time?
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