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WR Michael Crabtree offered contract after meeting with Cardinals

Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals worked out and visited with veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree on Monday as they consider adding more experience to their receiving corps on Monday, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.

The No. 10 overall pick in 2009 was offered a contract but hasn’t agreed to a deal, Gambadoro adds.

The free agent most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens. Crabtree made 54 catches on 100 targets for 607 yards and three touchdowns last year.

He previously played for the Oakland Raiders (2015-17) and San Francisco 49ers (2009-14), the latter of which he was coached by Jerry Sullivan.

A product of Texas Tech, Crabtree played in college for then-Red Raiders head coach Mike Leach, the godfather of the Air Raid offensive system adopted by current Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who played and coached at Texas Tech.

Crabtree has produced more than 600 yards in all but one of his 10 NFL seasons and has crossed the 1,000-yard mark twice (2012, 2016).

The soon-to-be 32-year-old has 7,477 total yards and 54 touchdowns in his NFL career. At Texas Tech, he recorded 1,962 receiving yards in the 2007 season, which holds as the third-most in college football history.

Arizona has continued searching for wide receiver depth this offseason to complement expected starters Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk.

Rookie KeeSean Johnson has shined in the first few weeks of training camp while Kevin White, Damiere Byrd, Pharoh Cooper and Trent Sherfield have also been in the middle of the competition to make the 53-man roster.

While Kingsbury has said the Cardinals could attempt to keep six or seven wideouts, those players have yet to separate themselves.

The Cardinals are expected to retain 2019 draft picks Johnson (sixth round), Andy Isabella (second round) and Hakeem Butler (fourth round), though Isabella and Butler have not gotten many reps with the first team, a sign their developmental curve remains steep.

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