ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have given their offense a new look, similar to a agreement with far-reaching receiver Jordy Nelson, a group announced Thursday. They have also sum using behind Doug Martin and cut far-reaching receiver Michael Crabtree.
Nelson will get a two-year, $15 million deal, a source tells Schefter, including $13 million guaranteed.
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Terms of a Martin understanding are not nonetheless known, yet a Raiders will save some-more than $7.68 million opposite a income tip with a recover of Crabtree, who was due bottom salaries of $7 million and $7.5 million in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Nelson spent 10 seasons in Green Bay. He and quarterback Aaron Rodgers reason a Packers record for many touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver twin with 65.
Last season, he saw his prolongation dump after Rodgers pennyless his collarbone. To that point, he had 6 touchdowns in a initial 5 games of a season, though he didn’t locate another one. He was expelled Wednesday.
Nelson finished a deteriorate with 53 catches for 482 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Just one deteriorate before, he was a NFL’s quip actor of a year when he held 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns. He had missed a 2015 deteriorate given of a ripped ACL.
Oakland’s signing of Martin, also famous as a “Muscle Hamster” due to his 5-foot-9, 223-pound frame, is intriguing. Martin has been a lead behind his whole six-year NFL career, and returning Raiders manager Jon Gruden has pronounced he looks brazen to coaching Marshawn Lynch, who is due a $1 million register reward on Sunday. Lynch posted a mysterious twitter on Wednesday.
I’m not what u wish me to be we am who we am if u don’t trust me ask YB!!!! Yes Lawd!!!!
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) March 14, 2018
Still, Gruden could be perplexing to replicate a Thunder and Lightning backfield from his initial reign as Raiders coach, with Lynch and Martin personification a roles of Tyrone Wheatley and Napoleon Kaufman. Or Martin could be a Raiders’ new lead back.
Martin, who was innate in Oakland and grew adult in Stockton, California, told reporters Thursday, “This is my homecoming.”
He pronounced that he met Lynch after his rookie year during a Pro Bowl and “can’t wait to collect his mind and watch him and see how he plays a diversion and practices and all that.”
Martin pronounced he will accept whatever purpose a Raiders need him to play and called Lynch “a good back.”
“He’s really finished his symbol in a league. Whatever purpose they wish me to play, I’m peaceful to play. I’m not certain how many carries I’ll be getting, how most carries we’ll be splitting,” he said.
Martin, 29, a two-time Pro Bowler, was expelled by a Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 20 after averaging usually 2.19 yards per rushing try over a past dual seasons.
Martin, who was due to make scarcely $7 million in 2018, started a deteriorate with 3 games remaining on a four-game cessation for violating a league’s process on performance-enhancing substances in 2016. He afterwards was benched in preference of second-year behind Peyton Barber for a final 3 games of a 2017 deteriorate and was a healthy blemish in Week 15 for violating a group rule.
He entered a drug reconstruction module and was dangling for a final diversion of a 2016 season. Because Martin intent in control unpropitious to a team, a Bucs were no longer on a offshoot for any of a guaranteed income from a five-year, $35.75 million understanding he sealed before that season. That facilitated his release.
Crabtree seemed unfailing to be finished in Oakland. He had turn a lost male a final dual weeks of a season, with a sum 5 targets after removing 30 sum targets in Weeks 14 and 15.
He assimilated a group in 2015, and ranks in a tip 5 in receiving touchdowns over a past 3 seasons. He had 3 true seasons with during slightest 8 touchdown receptions in Oakland, and led a group in receptions and touchdowns final season.
But his prolongation was down — he collected usually 618 yards in 2017. He also served a one-game cessation following a scuffle with cornerback Aqib Talib, afterwards with a Denver Broncos, and his career in Oakland finished with speak of locker-room dissension.
Crabtree had 579 catches for 6,870 yards (11.9 yards per catch) and 51 TDs in 125 games over 9 seasons. But he is third in a joining in drops given 2015, with 19 over that time. One of a drops was during a idea line during Philadelphia on Christmas night, with his new manager in ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine and Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.