After being released by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, wide receiver Michael Crabtree is scheduled for his first free-agent visit with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Ravens have put an emphasis on the receiver position this offseason, already adding John Brown and Ryan Grant and releasing veteran Jeremy Maclin. Crabtree, 30, showed he could still be a productive player in his ninth season, catching 58 passes for 618 yards and eight touchdowns through 14 games as the Raiders had a down year in 2017.
“I look forward to playing here,” Cousins said during his introductory news conference Thursday. “As [general manager Rick [Spielman] said yesterday, this is a lifetime deal. That’s the goal. Yes, it’s a three-year deal but the expectation is from both sides that we’d raise our kids here and if everything goes as planned that I’d be here a long, long time.”
Entering his seventh season, Cousins has ranked as one of the NFL’s top 10 quarterbacks since 2015, measuring third in completion percentage and game-winning drives. This and more played a big role in pushing him to the very top of NFL.com’s Top 101 Free Agents of 2018.
But this day was about Smith, not Cousins, who becomes a part of the franchise’s history.
“We’re not looking in the rearview mirror,” said Williams, the Redskins’ senior vice president of player personnel. “We’re going forward, and that’s where we are today. Everything is going forward, nothing behind us.”
The Redskins wanted it to be a special occasion. Williams used the word “historic” to describe the day to a packed auditorium, and the news conference was timed to be televised live on local TV.
Robinson and Watkins got paid most, but Richardson (five years, $40 million from the Redskins) and Wilson (three years, $24 million from the Dolphins) can’t complain about averaging $8 million in annual salary coming off limited production.