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Michael Crabtree, Raiders agree to 4-year, $35 million deal

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The Oakland Raiders have taken Michael Crabtree off the market in 2016, signing the wideout to a four-year, $35 million extension that will keep him in the Bay Area through 2019, according to

Crabtree was slated to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2015 season after signing a one-year contract with the Raiders in an effort to prove he could still contribute. The move paid off for both sides, yielding production for the Raiders and long-term financial security for the 2009 San Francisco 49ers first-round selection. 

In addition to being productive on the field, Crabtree has proven to  be a good fit in the locker room while serving as a mentor and leader for the Raiders’ young core of offensive stars. Most notably, rookie Amari Cooper has flourished behind Crabtree’s example. 

With tremendous hands and route running ability, Crabtree can now be a staple in the Raiders’ offense for years to come. Derek Carr is still developing and will benefit from consistency among his available targets. 

For the player, it’s a clear win, and he wasn’t afraid to express it via all channels: 


God is Great. God is Good.. #raidernation

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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