Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
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Raiders to Release WR Michael Crabtree

Raiders to Release WR Michael Crabtree

Former Packers and Raiders receiver James Jones broke the news. The person says Oakland is also cutting ties with Crabtree after three seasons, leaving Nelson and Amari Cooper as the team's starters.

As soon as Jordy Nelson was released by the Green Bay Packers, the Oakland Raiders put on a full-court press to acquire the former Pro Bowler.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the moves have not been announced.

With Nelson's signing, the Raiders released fellow wideout Michael Crabtree.

General manager Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders made some changes to the roster on Thursday, mainly to the wide receiver position.

Nelson had been one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets in Green Bay for several years, catching 195 passes for 2,776 yards and 27 touchdowns from 2014-16 despite missing the entire 2015 campaign with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. That year, he had 85 catches for 922 yards and nine touchdowns, and he followed that up with 89 catches, 1,003 yards and eight scores in 2016.

The Powell, Tenn., native played collegiately at Marshall, appearing in 48 games over four seasons and totaling 75 receptions for 791 yards. In 136 career games, he has 550 catches for 7,848 yards and 69 TDs. Crabtree averaged almost 850 receiving yards and eight touchdowns during his three seasons with the Raiders.

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