Ravens Sign WR Michael Crabtree

Ravens Sign WR Michael Crabtree

That left Crabtree to pursue a fresh start, and he identified the Ravens as his most logical landing spot after Ryan Grant's agreement in principle was voided because of an ankle injury, according to Schefter. Crabtree is perhaps best known among Ravens fans for being the intended receiver on the 49ers' final offensive play of Super Bowl XLVII, which was broken up in the end zone by Jimmy Smith as the Ravens escaped with a 34-31 win.

According to several media reports, the Ravens have now signed former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year, $21 million contract that include $11 million in guarantees. Ozzie Newsome said he had "no control" over the failed physical.

As a Raider, he faced the Ravens in three consecutive seasons from 2015 to 2017 and he had 22 catches for 281 yards and five touchdown receptions. Within hours, Crabtree was on a flight to Baltimore to begin a free-agent visit with the Ravens, who viewed him as the type of fiery, physical receiver they lack. He has never missed an National Football League game.

Crabtree, 30, returned to the Ravens facility late Friday to sign the deal. Coach John Harbaugh's brother, Jim, was Crabtree's coach for part of his time in San Francisco.

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The Oakland Raiders released Crabtree on Thursday after signing free agent wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who had been released by the Green Bay Packers.

Newsome said the Ravens' pursuit of Crabtree would have occurred regardless of whether the Ravens had signed Grant.

Last season, Crabtree caught 58 passes for 618 yards and 8 touchdowns in the 14 games that he played in. They're also spending just a touch more on average in guaranteed money, but Crabtree has also proven to be productive throughout his career. Newsome said they have been in contact with agents for both.