Arizona Cardinals signing Michael Crabtree
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals have a full room of receivers, but that apparently hasn’t stopped the team from signing veteran receiver Michael Crabtree
There are a thousand guesses as to why the Arizona Cardinals could be interested in a receiver like Michael Crabtree. Many are speculating it has something to do with Kevin White. Pro Football Talk is reporting the signing is taking place on Monday.
We shall find out soon enough. However Crabtree, who is going into his 11th NFL season, was one of the high-profile veteran receivers available on the market. But why now?
Something must have happened in the receiver room that changed minds on the subject. Crabtree also is from Texas Tech, the last head coaching stop for Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Even though preseason depth charts should be taken with a grain of salt, especially the first one, White was still listed as a starting receiver as the number three. Did something happen between Friday afternoon and Monday afternoon?
Players will move up and down the chart but there has been just a couple of practices since that chart came out late Friday. Maybe this was a move that has been in the works for awhile and just now were able to get a deal completed?
Crabtree was with the Baltimore Ravens last season after six years with the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Oakland Raiders. Last year in Baltimore, he caught 54 passes for 607-yards and three touchdowns.
Crabtree’s career high in receptions is 89, set with the Raiders in 2016. His career high in touchdowns is nine with the Niners in 2012 and Raiders in 2015.
Whatever the reason for his signing, the fact is he is here now. Last year’s 54 receptions was the lowest over a full 16-game season for him since 2010 with the Niners when he had 55. He had 48 receptions in his 2009 rookie season and had a career low 19 in 2013 but only played in five games that season.