Baltimore is signing free-agent pass-catcher Michael Crabtree to a three-year, $21 million deal, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The pact includes $8 million guaranteed and up to $20 million over the first two years.
"Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a 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."
Ultimately, the Ravens landed the better player in Crabtree, who piled up 25 touchdowns and 2,543 yards over the past three seasons in Oakland.
The Raiders reportedly tired of his attitude, but Crabtree gives Baltimore something they desperately needed: A reliable, veteran presence who offers proven red-zone skills and sure hands. He suffered through occasional drops last season, but immediately improves a Ravens receiving crew short on depth.
It wouldn't be a shock to see Newsome spend a draft pick on a wideout, too, but the group is better off than it was a week ago.