The Baltimore Ravens have reportedly told wide receiver Michael Crabtree that he will be released ahead of free agency.
Ravens informed veteran WR Michael Crabtree that he is being released today, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2019
This is a somewhat surprising move given the fact that Crabtree was signed through 2020 after landing a free-agency deal with Baltimore last year. The Ravens are still going to be hit with a $4.6 million dead-cap penalty after cutting Crabtree, who had two years left on that contract.
Last season, Crabtree caught just 54 passes for 602 yards and three touchdowns. So, from a production standpoint it is understandable that the team would want to move on. Furthermore, the offense is facing a complete makeover this year as the Ravens transition to the Lamar Jackson era. Clearly, Crabtree is not part of that plan.