The San Francisco 49ers let wide receiver Michael Crabtree test free agency after an uneventful year that saw him put up the worst full season of an already average career.
Crabtree, who actually sat on the market for quite a long time, is going to now test his luck with the Oakland Raiders. Chatting about his new club after working out with the Raiders this week, Crabtree admitted it “feels a little funny” playing so close to his former home (via the San Francisco Chronicle).
I have a lot to prove. A lot to prove. Ain’t got nothing to lose and have a lot to prove.
We can agree with a lot to prove, but nothing to lose? How about his job if Crabtree continues to regress as a receiver? Nevertheless, Crabtree seems ready to get back on the field and start fresh.
I’m here. Guys want me and need me. I talked to the coach. He wants me and needs me. I feel comfortable. I can’t wait to go play.
Now it is a matter of which version of Crabtree will show up in 2015. Will it be the healthy, dynamic receiver who tallied 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012? Or will it be the often-maligned version we saw this past season?
For the Raiders’ sake, they certainly want the former version of Crabtree, which would make their one-year, $3.2 million investment pay off. If Crabtree lights it up across the bay, then he should be in for a bigger payday in 2016.
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