The Los Angeles Rams won’t lose much sleep worrying about Michael Crabtree possibly joining the Arizona Cardinals.
Even though the Los Angeles Rams were never interested in Michael Crabtree, there was speculation over whether the veteran wideout would end up on a different team in the NFC West for a second stint within the division.
When considering that all three of the Rams rivals could arguably use another wide receiver to work with on offense, the thought of Crabtree didn’t seem all too crazy to consider once he became available following his release from the Baltimore Ravens.
With that being said, it was a bit surprising to see training camp officially get underway at the end of last month, and Crabtree still in search of a new team.
Crabtree may have struggled for the most part once Lamar Jackson took over under center for the Ravens, and only finished the 2018 season with 54 catches for 607 yards with three touchdowns.
But for a receiver who will turn 32 in September, Crabtree still seems capable of making an impact at receiver for at least another year or two, which is most likely why the Arizona Cardinals are considering giving him a shot.
For a team looking to see major improvement on the offensive side of the football now that Kyler Murray is officially on board at quarterback, the Cardinals seem like a team that can use all of the extra help possible after only winning three games all of last year.
Instead of looking at how much Crabtree struggled in 2018, Arizona most likely looked at his numbers from 2015-17 with the Oakland Raiders in which he caught 232 passes, and found the end zone 25 times.
Of course, even if Crabtree bounces back strong from last year, the chances of the Rams being worried over this potential signing by the Cardinals down the road seem slim since Arizona in general is nowhere near the same competitive level as the defending NFC champions.
Things have changed in one of the best ways possible for the Rams since Crabtree left the division after the 2014 season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, and it doesn’t look like Los Angeles is going to slow down anytime soon.
Crabtree or not, the Cardinals weren’t expected to be that much of a threat for the Rams during the 2019 season since they seem to be heading towards another year of rebuilding.
Nothing against Crabtree since there still seems to be plenty of gas left in the old tank, but this move by Arizona still doesn’t change anything for Los Angeles in the division, and it’s not even close.