As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Oakland Raiders have agreed to a contract extension with wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
This past offseason, Crabtree had signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Raiders, and so had been due to hit the free agency market after this season. The demand for the wide receiver was low: the deal was signed in mid-April, about a month after free agency opened.
In 2014, his last of six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Crabtree produced a career-low 43.6 receiving yards per game, or just 698 yards in a full 16-game season. He has already surpassed that mark in twelve games as a Raider (760 yards), at a yards-per-game rate (63.3) that is just a touch below his career best (69.1 in 2012).
Although Football Outsiders only gives the Raiders a 1.3% chance to make this year’s playoffs, that’s not the fault of Oakland’s offense, which the site lists as a top-10 unit in the league. Crabtree and first-round rookie Amari Cooper are both among the top 30 in the league in receiving yards on the season. Their quarterback, Derek Carr, is ninth in the league in passing yards and tied with Aaron Rodgers for fourth in the league in passing touchdowns.