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The Baltimore Ravens announced they intend to cut veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The announcement comes just one year after Baltimore signed Crabtree to a three-year, $21 million deal.
Crabtree had a sub-par 2018 campaign by his standards. He did start all 16 games, but he only totaled 54 catches for 607 yards and three touchdowns, posting his worst statistical season since his rookie year (barring 2013 when he only played 5 games due to injury) in nearly every category.
The 31-year-old receiver should still have a number of suitors this offseason. There is a sentiment across the league that Crabtree was heavily affected by Baltimore's schematic changes when rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson took over in Week 9, highlighted by his failure to top three receptions or 36 receiving yards after that point.
Let's take a look at some teams that could add a veteran receiver this offseason and may seek to enlist Crabtree for his services.
3. Houston Texans
Houston has a young star quarterback and could use some depth at wide receiver. The Texans do have two quality options in Deandre Hopkins and Will Fuller V, but Fuller has only played 17 games over the last two seasons.
Crabtree, who has been a great red zone target throughout his career, could be a solid second option for Watson, considering the questions surrounding Fuller's health. Houston would also be a homecoming for Crabtree, who played his college ball at Texas Tech.
2. Cleveland Browns
Cleveland is fresh off a 7-8-1 2018 campaign, which felt like its biggest step forward in years. The roster is loaded with young talent and is built around budding superstar quarterback Baker Mayfield.
After trading troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon early last season, the Browns were lacking a physical wide-out for Mayfield to target. Crabtree could fill that void and be a complimentary piece to Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry.
The Browns need at wide receiver has only increased this offseason with news that Antonio Callaway, the team's second option at wide receiver, may face disciplinary action from the NFL under the league's substance-abuse policy.
1. New York Jets
Rumors have swirled around the Jets adding either one or both of the Pittsburgh Steelers disgruntled superstars, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. However, both players are still under contract and will come with a steep asking price, as well as a slew of other problems.
Crabtree could add some much-needed depth on the outside, as well as a strong veteran presence, by joining the Jets young receiving duo of Robby Anderson and Quincy Enuwa.
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