Wide receiver Michael Crabtree fell out of favor with the Raiders’ coaching staff last year, fostering expectation he would not be retained in 2018. Running back Marshawn Lynch is entering the second season of a backloaded two-year contract. On Feb. 15, outside linebacker Bruce Irvin wondered aloud on Twitter if he’d be retained. One by one Wednesday, the questions came. A small group of reporters at a downtown hotel lobby asked Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie about those veterans’ roster status. Little question surrounded Irvin’s standing. Crabtree and Lynch, though, were fair game. Finally, McKenzie relented. “Let me tell you guys,” McKenzie said in jest when asked about Irvin’s comment. “Y’all are trying to get rid of all my players. I’ve got free agents. Y’all want to restructure everyone’s contract. You’re running everybody out of town.” Irvin will be a Raider in 2018, and McKenzie indicated so will Crabtree and Lynch. He was more committal than coach Jon Gruden earlier in the day, definitively saying Crabtree is “in our plans” while describing Lynch as the caliber of player the team looks to retain. Gruden spoke highly of both at a news conference Wednesday morning but added he’d yet to speak with their agent, Doug Hendrickson, this week at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also deferred to McKenzie on the subject of Crabtree’s future. McKenzie did not address whether Crabtree must rework his contract to be retained. He’s due a $7 million salary and can earn up to $1.05 million based on various roster, workout and performance-based bonuses. Crabtree played only 46 of 121 offensive snaps in the final two games of 2017.
GM Reggie McKenzie says Raiders plan to keep Crabtree, Lynch
Las Vegas Review-Journal | Feb 28