The free agent receiver worked out for the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago
Update at 9:05 pm Arizona time: The Cardinals announced this deal has been completed
It seemed like a deal was done two weeks ago after veteran free agent receiver Michael Crabtree visited the Arizona Cardinals. Many media outlets made it seem like a done deal.
Only it wasn’t a done deal. They even had us fooled as we believed all the reports. Now, after a couple of weeks have gone by, it seems like we are back to a deal is in the works.
We will tread lightly until it is official but it makes the timing of the release of receiver Kevin White earlier on Wednesday make more sense. The Cardinals had not been secretive in their pursuit of more veteran receiver help.
Crabtree played for the Baltimore Ravens last season. He would be the second player to move from the Ravens to the Cardinals. The Cardinals signed linebacker Terrell Suggs away from the Ravens in the offseason.
Before that Crabtree spent three seasons with the Oakland Raiders after spending his first six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Adding him to the roster would be an upgrade over White, though White was a talent that just wasn’t going to fit here after missing a bunch of practice time and both preseason games.
Now the question is, will Crabtree learn enough of the offense before the season opener on September 8th against the Detroit Lions? You would think with that day still two and a half weeks away, there would be enough time for Crabtree to at least learn the basics.
The good news here is Crabtree is a Texas Tech guy as well, where head coach Kliff Kingsbury came from. Granted, they weren’t there at the same time but offenses were similar.
Time will tell if the move is a good one but for now, it at least shows the Cardinals are trying. They aren’t content just sitting around not trying to improve this team.