Michael Crabtree will try to salvage his NFL career by switching teams while remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The free-agent veteran wide receiver has agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders, the team announced Monday. The deal is for $3 million with an additional $2 million in incentives, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Crabtree, the San Francisco 49ers' No. 10 pick of the 2009 draft, confirmed his decision on Twitter.
It's official.. I'm a Raider
— Michael Crabtree (@KingCrab15) April 14, 2015
Crabtree's production waned last season, and he appeared to lose explosiveness after a 2013 Achilles injury that caused him to miss most of that season. Crabtree has had just two 100-yard-receiving games in the 24 games since his return from the injury, and despite playing in all 16 games in 2014, he dealt with nagging foot injuries. His highest-yardage total in a 2014 game was 85 yards, and he had 68 catches.
Crabtree, 27, has a chance to be a starter for Oakland, which badly needs receiving weapons for second-year quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders tried to sign big-ticket free agents Randall Cobb (Green Bay) and Jeremy Maclin (Kansas City), yet they are settling for Crabtree nearly five weeks into free agency.
Even after saving a game for the Niners with a late 51-yard catch on fourth-and-10 at New Orleans last season, Crabtree derisively referred to himself as a third-down receiver or a fourth option. And after entering the season with a 12.9 yards-per-catch career average, he averaged a career low, which would have been 9.7 yards without the 51-yarder at the Superdome.
Crabtree caught four touchdown passes, the third-highest single-season total of his career. And according to Pro Football Focus, the 49ers' 91.1 passer rating when targeting Crabtree was third-best on the team, behind Anquan Boldin (103.5) and Stevie Johnson (102.0).
ESPN 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.