by Scott Davis Los Angeles Raiders
Oakland Raiders veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree has just signed a new four-year contract extension. This happened before the ink was dry on his one-year contract deal signed this past offseason. The freshly renewed contact has been reported to be a $35 million deal. Of the total, Crabtree is supposedly set to receive a guaranteed amount somewhere in the $18 million dollar range.
Crabtree, despite the naysayers and skeptics, has done exceptionally well so far this 2015 season delivering impactful and much needed performances for the Oakland Raider offensive attack. This season has been a vindicator of sorts for Crabtree; he’s caught total of 66 passes for 760 yards and also scored 7 TDs over the course of this season. Crabtree's extension shows the organization is clearly sold on his ability to produce and that he is a true asset to the team.
The next hurdle is improving the team’s seasonal record and getting into the playoffs. It don’t appear likely that will happen this season but many signs support the Raiders are developing a strong arsenal and could have the solid fundamentals in place for next season. At least that’s what Coach Del Rio is hoping for.
But it’s a bit early to jump on the next-season bandwagon just yet. Head coach Del Rio is only in his rookie year with the Raiders although he does have a lot to be optimistic about considering the strides the team has made. The Raiders record is unimpressive at a glance but one must look a bit deeper at their improvements in most areas. It’s worth noting the team is also young which bodes well as they continue to build their foundation.
Derek Carr, the Raiders starting QB is apparently good with Crabtree as a teammate. "I would love 'Crab' to be here for a long time," said quarterback Derek Carr, according to the Raiders' team website. It’s not surprising based on the fact that Carr now has two highly talented receivers in Crabtree and Amari Cooper. And, he can apparently count on both of them to be with the team for the next few years at least.
Amari Cooper was the Raiders first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and he is a wide-out who has lived up to all expectations so far with 920 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season. Crabtree and Cooper bring top skills and Crabtree infuses a veteran’s wealth of knowledge and experience to help shape the younger Cooper. It’s a combination any team dreams of having on its NFL squad.