It’s not the first time a player has been linked to the Giants.
In 2013, it was tight end David Njoku.
But in the years since, it has become more prevalent as players continue to get paid more.
The Giants had two players who were signed this offseason: wide receiver Eli Apple and defensive tackle Justin Pugh.
They both signed lucrative contracts, with Apple earning $9 million in 2017 and Pugh $9.5 million in 2018.
So when the Giants signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree, the team was not surprised.
“It’s not unusual for a team to have a player they like on the team,” general manager Jerry Reese said.
Crabtree signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Giants, but he was not expected to be their top wide receiver. “
So the first step is to bring in somebody who’s capable of playing.”
Crabtree signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Giants, but he was not expected to be their top wide receiver.
The team’s top receiver is still Odell Beckham Jr., who was released after the 2017 season.
In 2017, the Giants had only five wide receivers with at least 100 catches.
Crabtree would fit the bill.
The former New Orleans Saints wide receiver was the most consistent wide receiver in the league for three seasons with an average of 19.8 yards per catch.
He had 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season.
Crabstone has caught 80 passes for 1,068 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in four seasons with the Raiders.
He was the No. 3 wide receiver and No. 4 wide receiver for the Giants last season, when they were one of the league’s elite teams.
“He was a really good player,” Reese said of Crabtree.
“His athleticism and his ability to get open, he was able to get himself open.
As far as his skill set and his competitiveness and his attitude, he’s just a great guy.”