It appears Eric DeCosta isn’t taking a slow approach to his promoted role of General Manager as he makes yet another big move in February. Per Adam Schefter, the Ravens are releasing WR Michael Crabtree today.
Ravens informed veteran WR Michael Crabtree that he is being released today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2019
Crabtree was expected to become the big-bodied receiver who could complete chain-moving catches and big red zone scores. Unfortunately, the scoring never really came on strong as he only found the endzone three times in 16 games. In the end, Crabtree finished with 54 catches for 607 yards and three touchdowns. The veteran receiver was inconsistent with catching and ultimately, DeCosta and the front office have opted to move on.
On the money side of things, this is a good move. By cutting Crabtree, the Ravens save $4.6 million. He was due $9.3 million, and also a $5 million roster bonus if he was still with the Ravens on March 17.
A cut like this signals yet another change in the personnel department of the wide receiver room. Hopefully DeCosta solves this conundrum and brings about a solid unit for Lamar Jackson’s development in 2019 and beyond.