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Oakland Raiders reportedly sign WR Michael Crabtree

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The Oakland Raiders have finally made the move that everyone expected them too at the start of free agency almost five weeks ago.

The Raiders had been expected to move quickly in order to secure a star wide receiver for their offense that struggled heavily last year.

Oakland were linked with moves for Jeremy Maclin who moved to the Kansas City Chiefs and Randall Cobb who re-signed with the Green Bay Packers.

Oakland's need for a wide receiver has been well publicised and with them holding the fourth pick in this years draft, many expect them to draft a big name rookie.

The exact plan for the draft in Oakland may have taken a turn tonight though as they have secured the services of a former star wide receiver.

Michael Crabtree whose contract with the San Francisco 49ers ended last season now appears to have made the move to their rivals in Oakland.

Crabtree could be viewed as the last resort for Oakland who may have missed their chances to sign the top receivers of this years free agency.

Crabtree was the 10th pick of the 2009 draft and was a key part to the 49ers making it to the Super Bowl three years ago.

An Achilles injury in 2013 has since impeded Crabtree's NFL career and he had a less than flattering year last year as did the whole 49ers team.

Crabtree is now likely to be a starter for the Raiders and will provide a veteran receiver for second year quarterback Derek Carr.

Who to draft

The Raiders hold the fourth pick overall in this year's draft and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers holding number one and being largely expected to go for a quarterback, many of the big name receivers is expected to be going to Oakland.

With two big names at quarterback, and the first three teams not in desperate need for a wide receiver, the Raiders are likely to have their pick of the draft class this year.

The signing of Crabtree however could change the plan for the Raiders in the draft but only time will tell who they will decide to take fourth overall.

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