By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Oakland Raiders have a lot on their plate this offseason. First, they have to figure out what they’re doing with their head coach Jack Del Rio.
After they decide whether to keep or fire Del Rio — which should be announced following today’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers — Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie will have to focus next on personnel matters. One of those matters will focus on wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken, the Raiders have already decided to part ways with Crabtree.
Crabtree has spent his entire nine-year career in the Bay Area. He will likely be playing for a team outside of the Bay Area next season.
He has spent the last three seasons with the Raiders. His first six years of his career were spent with the San Francisco 49ers.
This season in 13 games, Crabtree has had 55 receptions for 601 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. This is his worst statistical season with the Raiders.
Outside of five games during the 2013 season, this season is his statistically worst season since his rookie campaign in 2009. That season, he had 625 receiving yards and would need 24 yards in his final game — if he evens plays — to surpass that mark.
Crabtree will have a $7 million base salary next season, according to Spotrac. He could also receive a $500,000 roster bonus and a $250,000 workout bonus.
Typically, the roster bonus is due around March. But here’s the kicker the Raiders put in his contract when he signed a four-year, $34 million extension in 2015, they will not face any dead cap ramifications by cutting ties with Crabtree.
The Raiders, according to Spotrac.com, will have the eighth-most cap space with $15.26 million, as of New Year’s Eve.
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