Kliff Kingsbury explains Cardinals' decision to sign Michael Crabtree

Kliff Kingsbury explains Cardinals' decision to sign Michael Crabtree

Kliff Kingsbury expects Michael Crabtree to be a major contributor. 

Arizona inked the wide receiver to a one-year deal, reportedly worth as much as $5.5 million, on Wednesday. Kingsbury, the Cardinals’ first-year head coach, discussed the team’s decision to sign Crabtree when he met with reporters one day later. 

“I think he’s been a very productive player in this league,” Kingsbury said at a press conference. “Very savvy, mentally tough player, plays physical, brings a lot for our young receivers to learn from and be around. We’re excited about him. … Super competitive. Still has a real desire to play and play at a high level.”

Crabtree, spent last season with the Ravens, catching 54 passes for 607 yards and three touchdowns. He has also played for the 49ers and Raiders during his 10-year career. 

“We like what we’ve seen on tape,” Kingsbury said. “(Cardinals general manager) Steve (Keim) feels really good about it, talking to other coaches and how he’s continuing to get better and we think he comes in and provides depth right away. So, we’re looking forward to getting him here and getting him out there.”

Crabtree will be competing for the second spot on the Cardinals’ depth chart behind veteran Larry Fitzgerald.

“I know he’ll bring some value to our group,” Fitzgerald said.

The Cardinals have two preseason games remaining before they host the Lions in Week 1 action Sept. 8.