After playing his first six seasons in the National Football League with the 49ers, Crabtree signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Raiders in 2015.
The Ravens wasted no time looking for a replacement for Grant by bringing in Crabtree for a visit, according to multiple reports.
Grant hasn't missed a game in his four-year career.
The Oakland Raiders made the curious decision to release Michael Crabtree on Thursday afternoon after coming to terms with 32-year-old receiver Jordy Nelson. "He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball".
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After two solid seasons with the Raiders following his exit from the San Francisco 49ers, Crabtree took a step back during the 2017 campaign.
"I feel like I'm at home", Crabtree said. However, he's had 25 touchdown receptions over the past three years and he has a well-earned reputation as a clutch performer on both third downs and in the red zone.
"Our fans in Baltimore have seen what he's been able to do against us and against some pretty good corners that we have", Newsome said earlier Friday before the deal was finalized.
The Ravens finished last season ranked 29th in passing offense (189.4 yards per game) and tied for 23rd with just 20 scores through the air. The 49ers parted ways with Crabtree following the 2014 season, and he signed on with the Oakland Raiders.
Crabtree has 579 grabs for 6,870 yards and 51 touchdowns.
Brown, two years removed from a 1,000-yard season, expects to ring up big numbers with Baltimore.