Cardinals Sign Michael Crabtree, Release Kevin White
Arizona has agreed to terms with wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The Cardinals and the veteran wide receiver reached an agreement on a one-year deal Wednesday. Negotiations took place over two weeks after Crabtree tried out at the Cardinals training camp.
The agreement with Michael Crabtree came just hours after wide receiver Kevin White was released by the Cardinals and days after it became public about the fractured hand suffered by rookie wide receiver Hakeem Butler.
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Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the day after the receiver worked out for the team that Crabtree was someone he has known for a long time and a player who has had much success in the NFL.
Michael Crabtree will turn 32 in September and will this will be the 11th season of his NFL career. The addition of Crabtree adds veteran presence to a young group of Cardinals receivers with the exception of veteran Larry Fitzgerald.
Besides Fitzgerald, who will be playing in his 16th NFL season, the most experienced wide receivers on the Cardinals roster are Damiere Byrd and Pharoh Cooper both with four seasons in the NFL. The remainder of the receivers corps includes seven players that are either rookies or in their second-year.
White, who is 27, missed almost a week of training camp with an injured hamstring before being cut. White has had problems remaining healthy since being drafted No. 7 overall by the Chicago Bears in 2015 after he played for West Virginia.
In 2015 and 2016 White fractured his left leg and in 2017 fractured his left shoulder. As a result, over the four seasons White was with Chicago, he played in only 14 games.