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Cardinals, Michael Crabtree reportedly close to reaching deal

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree long seemed destined to end up with the Arizona Cardinals, and it seems like that may come to fruition.

Crabtree and the Cardinals are closing in on a contract, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday night.

Crabtree worked out for the Cardinals on August 5, but the two sides did not reach a deal.

So what has changed since?

Rookie fourth-round pick Hakeem Butler has a finger injury that has taken him out for the preseason and could result in him landing on injured reserve, according to a report. Additionally, Arizona released Kevin White, a 2015 first-round pick by the Bears who still has not scored a touchdown in his NFL career.

The Cardinals have a new coach in Kliff Kingsbury who likes to run the Air Raid offense, which often involves four wide receiver sets. Therefore they will need plenty of capable receivers, making Crabtree an intriguing signing.

Crabtree, who turns 32 in September, was released by the Baltimore Ravens in February after spending just one season with the team. He had 54 catches for 607 yards and three touchdowns last season.

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