Arizona Cardinals sign wide receiver Michael Crabtree to 1-year contract

Crabtree is a former 1st-round draft pick
Posted at 4:08 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 00:10:17-04

The Arizona Cardinals and veteran NFL wide receiver Michael Crabtree have finally reached an agreement.

The Cardinals signed Crabtree to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. The Cardinals worked out Crabtree at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Aug. 5. The two sides were reportedly near an agreement then but were unable to close the deal.

That changed after the Cardinals released wide receiver and former first-round NFL Draft pick Kevin White earlier Wednesday.

Crabtree has played for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens during his 10-year NFL career. He has 7,477 career receiving yards and 54 career touchdowns in the NFL, and he caught 54 passes for 607 yards and three touchdowns for the Ravens last season. His best NFL season came in 2012 when he caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for a 49ers team that lost to the Ravens in the Super Bowl.

Crabtree was selected by the 49ers with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Tech, where he was a two-time consensus All-American. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury played at Texas Tech from 1998-2002, and he was Texas Tech's head coach from 2013-18. Both men played under former Red Raiders coach Mike Leach.

Crabtree will help anchor a Cardinals wide receiver corps that includes veteran Larry Fitzgerald, second-year pro and Saguaro High School alum Christian Kirk, and rookies Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson and Hakeem Butler, the latter of whom will miss at least the rest of the preseason with a hand injury.