The Raiders could have drafted receiver Michael Crabtree in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. They went with Darrius Heyward-Bey instead.
Hayward-Bey played four unspectacular seasons in Silver and Black before being released, while Crabtree went on to star in Santa Clara on some good 49ers teams.
There is a possibility that Crabtree could end up with the Raiders after all. Crabtree will visit the Raiders team facility next week, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Crabtree’s free agent experience has plodded along, without a market meeting the mercurial receiver’s lofty expectations. Crabtree is willing to wait for an acceptable deal to develop, seemingly unwilling to take a prove-it type deal.
Crabtree has visited with the Miami Dolphins, but left without a contract. While the 49ers said they’d consider re-signing Crabtree, the players doesn’t seem interested in a return to Santa Clara.
The Raiders have a need at receiver, but Crabtree is not the blazing downfield threat required in Oakland. The 27-year old is more of a possession receiver at this stage, something the team already has in James Jones.
Crabtree had a down year in 2014, with 68 receptions for 698 yards, a partly 10.3 yards per reception and just four touchdowns. Despite what can be perceived as a down year, Crabtree’s receiving yards would’ve paced the Raiders’ unproductive passing attack last season.
Crabtree would add depth at the position, though the Raiders are expected to add receiving talent in the NFL draft.