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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source


Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source

The Washington Redskins and Zach Brown have come to terms on a contract for the upcoming season, a source tells NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay.

The linebacker will return to the Redskins after the team picked him up in free agency last off-season. The news is big for the Redskins, as Brown was the team's leading tackler in 2017.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal is for three years:

With Washington he started in 13 games making 127 tackles (84 solo) and 2.5 sacks in 2017. As a six-year veteran he will keep consistency in the middle of the field of the defense, a spot the Redskins have been missing for the past decade. 

Brown made the Pro Bowl in 2016 with Buffalo.

That year he had a career-high in tackles (149, 97 solo), with four sacks, and an interception. 

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Bullets legend Wes Unseld recalls the 1978 championship

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Bullets legend Wes Unseld recalls the 1978 championship

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson sat down with Bullets legend and NBA Hall of Famer Wes Unseld.

Unseld looked back at the 1978 NBA title team and shared thoughts on Phil Chenier as he gets set to have his jersey retired by the Wizards on March 23.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!