Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Receiver Nelson signs two-year deal with Oakland Raiders

Receiver Nelson signs two-year deal with Oakland Raiders

A person familiar with the deal confirmed the agreement reached on the first day of the new league year. The person says Oakland is also cutting ties with Crabtree after three seasons, leaving Nelson and Amari Cooper as the team's starters.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Nelson move had not been announced. His past year in the Silver & Black was his worst, catching just 58 passes for 618 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Oakland Raiders are shuffling wide receivers, signing free agent Jordy Nelson and releasing Michael Crabtree.

Though some of Crabtree's actions didn't cast him in the most flattering light in 2017, including an on-field fight with former Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, he was a key part of the team's return to prominence over the past two seasons. Edgar Bennett, offensive coordinator with the Packers last season, is now the wide receivers coach for the Raiders. That year, he had 85 catches for 922 yards and nine touchdowns, and he followed that up with 89 catches, 1,003 yards and eight scores in 2016.

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The current favourites for his signature are the Vikings, who have apparently brought him in for a visit alongside Cousins today. Also, the Titans re-signed Josh Kline to a four-year deal worth around $26M and DaQuan Jones to a three-year, $21M contract.

For his career, the sure-handed Crabtree has 579 catches for 6,870 yards and 51 touchdowns.

Carrier that had been agreed to on Tuesday. He also hauled in an average of 77 passes during that span.

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