Crabtree on Raiders extension: 'Neat to know you're wanted'


Crabtree on Raiders extension: 'Neat to know you're wanted'

ALAMEDA –- Michael Crabtree doesn’t talk to the media much, but a new four-year contract extension prompted a rare exchange with the veteran Raiders receiver.

He wasn’t but a few minutes into Thursday’s Q&A when defensive end Justin Tuck chimed in with an inquiry.

“Can I get a loan?” Tuck said from afar, his voice rising above crowd. “I’ll take check or money order. What about cash? PayPal? I’ll even take an IOU.”

Not that Tuck needs the money. He’s made some in his day. Crabtree, especially now, has money to spend.

He signed a four year deal worth up to $35 million which, according to NFL Network, includes $11 million in 2016 and $18 million in total by 2017. Those totals are guaranteed for injury, with the last two years armed as a pay-as-you-go deal.

It’s the type of contract that would keep Crabtree from testing the market, more than happy to stay in a place where he feels comfortable, likes quarterback Derek Carr and is a vital cog in an explosive offense.

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Crabtree bet on himself by signing a one-year, $3.2 million contract with additional incentives following a disappointing offseason experience where he didn’t get the long-term deal he was looking for.

He has 66 catches for 760 yards and seven touchdowns through 12 games. Those numbers and a solid locker room presence made him worthy of this new deal.

“It’s always nice to get it done, right?” Crabtree said. “That way we can just go play football. You ain’t worried about where you’re going to be next year and all that stuff. It’s pretty neat to know you’re wanted and you want to be on a team and you’re here.”

The passing game now has continuity, with Crabtree, Amari Cooper, tight end Clive Walford and quarterback Derek Carr under contract the next few seasons. Seth Roberts will also be under club control a while, giving continuity to the group.

“We’re building,” Crabtree said. “We got some good guys in the locker room, offense and defensive wise. D.C. has been good. Amari’s been good. Seth has been good. We’ve got a good core, a good receiving corps right now, and I feel like we’re going to build on it.

“We’re growing man, and I’m just happy to be here and really take on whatever role they need me to take on.”

His role has diversified after spending six years with the 49ers in Santa Clara. The 28-year old stands as the passing game’s older brother, mentoring a group where no receiver has more four years experience.

“He definitely has his own (leadership) style,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “He’s definitely a leader at practice. In the meeting room, he can share his experiences from his time with the 49ers, postseason, regular season. He’s a terrific athlete. Those guys that come along that have been amazing in high school, college and pro, they just have a lot of knowledge that if they’re willing to share, makes everyone around them better.”

Having continuity on offense should help. The Raiders remodeled their offense last offseason, with money and draft picks spent on skill players and offensive linemen alike. That has given Derek Carr weapons to work with and grow up with as this team transitions out of the cellar.

“Stability is important,” Musgrave said. “Being able to know the system or know your teammates, know your coaches real well. Then you can really start to get to that graduate level of putting your own spin on the techniques, just being better and better. The guys that have been in the same system with the same teammates over years, they really get to that elite level.”

Crabtree played on some elite teams in Santa Clara, but there’s one box left to check.

“I’ve seen it all, man,” Crabtree said. “I’ve been to the playoffs, Super Bowl, the last thing on my list is to win the Super Bowl. Whatever we need to do to get there, we’re going to do it.”

Derek Carr might not go with Raiders to Las Vegas, Mike Florio says


Derek Carr might not go with Raiders to Las Vegas, Mike Florio says

The Raiders have one final season at the Coliseum before they move to Las Vegas in 2020, but will Derek Carr still be the starting quarterback when they get to Sin City?

After ranking in the bottom third of the league in total offense last year, Oakland has been quite busy this offseason, acquiring players to help bolster its offensive attack.

The Raiders traded for Antonio Brown and signed fellow wide receiver Tyrell Williams in free agency. They also used a first-round draft pick on running back Josh Jacobs, and signed massive offensive tackle Trent Brown, who just won a Super Bowl protecting Tom Brady for the New England Patriots.

Given all of these additions on the offensive side of the ball, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio believes this will be a make-or-break season for Carr, and doubts he'll still be a member of the team when they move to Vegas if he disappoints.

"Think of it this way," Florio wrote. "If the chemistry experiment/Frankenstein monster that starts and ends with [Antonio Brown] fails, whose fault will it be? Brown’s? Nope. [Jon] Gruden’s? Nope. [Mike] Mayock’s? Nope. If the Raiders fail to get the most out of Antonio Brown, it will be the fault of the guy who will be under immense pressure to deliver the ball with the same underrated precision that Ben Roethlisberger delivered it for nine years in Pittsburgh.

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"If Derek Carr can step up," Florio continued, "great for him and the Raiders. If he can’t, he’ll quite possibly be the highest-profile member of the organization to not enjoy the freedom from paying state income tax that goes with moving from California to Nevada."

The fact that Gruden and Mayock inherited Carr -- as opposed to drafting him -- seems relevant here. If he can't take a step forward with a significantly improved offense around him, the Raiders might just be debuting a new stadium and a new quarterback a little more than a year from now.

Watch Raiders' Antonio Brown do insane agility drill involving a brick

Watch Raiders' Antonio Brown do insane agility drill involving a brick

Every professional athlete has their crazy workout that most average humans can't do.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry has this ridiculous dribbling drill that involves tennis balls and strobe glasses.

For new Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, his latest drill involves a brick.

Yes, a brick.

With the assistance of a trainer, Brown snatches the brick out of the air and alternates hands. While he's grabbing the brick, he's reaching behind his back with the other hand and slapping his trainer's hand.

Brown posted the same video to his Instagram account but with a different message: "The product is coming September just wait on it..........."

The Raiders open the 2019 regular season at home on Sept. 9 against the Denver Broncos.

This isn't the first crazy workout video Brown has posted this month. Last week, Brown published video of himself catching footballs while wearing strobe glasses and standing on a balancing ball.

Brown also posted a few workout videos on his Instagram stories.

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The Raiders acquired Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers back in March. It was the first in a series of moves made by Oakland in an attempt to bolster the offense and rebound from a 4-12 campaign in 2018.

Brown looks like he's ready for the start of the season, let alone training camp later this month. September can't get here soon enough.