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Ravens sign Crabtree to 3-year deal

17 March 2018, 01:31 | Stacy Ballard

Ryan Grant

Ryan Grant

Ahead of them coming to terms with Crabtree on Friday, the Ravens signed former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown to one-year contract on Wednesday that has a base value of $5 million.

Crabtree, who played as a wide receiver at Texas Tech from 2006-2008 and caught the memorable game-winning touchdown pass in the Red Raiders' upset of No. 1 Texas that final season, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.

Michael Crabtree has signed with the Ravens after being released by the Raiders on March 16, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game", Newsome stated.

After being drafted in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers back in 2009, Crabtree has totaled 6,870 receiving yards and 51 touchdowns. 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.

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The Ravens also have plenty other links to Crabtree. The Ravens were looking to bolster their receiving corps in National Football League free agency and were able to do just that with the addition of Crabtree.

Crabtree has produced at least eight receiving touchdowns in a season four times, including in each of the past three years (nine - 2015, eight - 2016 & eight - 2017).

The Ravens finished last season ranked 29th in passing offense (189.4 yards per game) and tied for 23rd with just 20 scores through the air.

Crabtree is taking over the possession receiver role that Baltimore had once envisioned for Ryan Grant. Two years ago, Crabtree had seven catches for 88 yards and three touchdowns during a 28-27 Raiders win at M&T Bank Stadium.

Baltimore was rumored to be interested in several top free-agent wideouts earlier in the week, but bigger names such as Allen Robinson and Donte Moncrief signed elsewhere.

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