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Baltimore Ravens reach deal with WR Michael Crabtree


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens reached a three-year agreement with Michael Crabtree on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It’s a move that completed a Super Bowl reunion and helped fill a sudden void for a possession receiver.

Crabtree, 30, returned to the Ravens facility late Friday to sign the deal. He comes to Baltimore five years after his controversial finish in Super Bowl XLVII, where, as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, he didn’t get a chance to make a catch on a fourth-and-goal pass in the end zone.

On what turned out to be the 49ers’ last play in a 34-31 loss to the Ravens, Crabtree believes he was interfered with by cornerback Jimmy Smith, but the penalty was never called.

Crabtree is taking over the possession receiver role that Baltimore had once envisioned for Ryan Grant. But Grant failed a physical Thursday, and the Ravens set up a visit with Crabtree, who had just been released by the Oakland Raiders.

Crabtree, who spent Friday at the Ravens’ facility, becomes the pivotal addition in the team’s revamping of the wide receiver position. The No. 10 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Crabtree has the 10th-most catches (579) since he entered the league.

Known for his excellent route-running, Crabtree is an impact playmaker in the red zone. His 25 touchdowns over the past three seasons ranks fifth in the NFL.

The Ravens are looking to improve their receivers for quarterback Joe Flacco after ranking No. 29 in passing last season. In addition to striking a deal with Crabtree, Baltimore signed deep threat John Brown and will likely take a wide receiver in the first two rounds for the first time in four years.



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