Today, the Oakland Raiders dished out some money to a key offensive piece in Michael Crabtree. Crabtree signed a one year deal last off-season due to his market falling from down years in 2013 and 2014, so he was pretty much forced to take a one year deal worth $3.2 mil in 2015 and hoped he would produce in the 2015 season to land a bigger deal.
In fact, he has done exactly that to receive a new 4 year deal worth $35 mil with $19 mil being guaranteed. The deal was first broke by Adam Caplan of ESPN, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network gave the terms of the deal.
Next, Crabtree has had a great 2015 campaign that has lead to the Raiders offense coming alive by catching 66 passes for 760 yards and reeling in 7 touchdowns. Crabtree has a 11.5 yards per reception and averages around 63 yards per game.
Finally, Crabtree has been targeted more than 2015 1st round pick Amari Cooper (115-105) and has helped improve the Raiders offense make the leap from 30th in offensive DVOA in 2014 to ninth this season, per Football Outsiders.
Grade: B+, solid move and will help continue beyond the recent success in 2015 into future years.