WR Grant fails physical, Ravens eye Crabtree

NFL free agent news WR Ryan Grant fails physical Ravens nullify contract

It's a three-year deal, according to the National Football League insider.

However, with only $11 million guaranteed, it might give the Ravens an out in 2019 if Crabtree doesn't pan out this season.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Friday morning that he would have had interest in wide receiver Michael Crabtree regardless of whether Ryan Grant passed his physical or not.

Not only will Crabtree's pedigree instantly make him one of quarterback Joe Flacco's top targets, but he should seriously upgrade a passing game that sputtered far too often last season. His best season to date was probably in 2012 with the 49ers when he caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and 9 touchdowns.

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.

Nearly as soon as the Ravens cleared out their lockers following a 9-7 finish in 2017, Newsome set out to improve the weakest facet of a team that's missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons.

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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.

We will see soon enough if Weddle gets his wish.

Newsome did not offer much in the way of specifics on Crabtree except to say, "We played against him, what, the last two years?"

Though Grant never missed a game in his four years with the Redskins, Newsome said the physical found an issue with his ankle.

"As teams are signing players now, other players are getting pushed out in the market", Newsome said, "and we've made a living on what we would consider cap casualties".

Baltimore is in deep need of adding some better receivers and Crabtree fits the bill.

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