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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders agreed to a four-year contract extension Wednesday that will keep wide receiver Michael Crabtree off the free-agent market next offseason.
After spending his first six seasons across the bay with the San Francisco 49ers, Crabtree signed a one-year deal that was worth $3.2 million after failing to land the long-term contract was seeking.
The move paid off for both sides as Crabtree is on pace for career highs in catches, yards receiving and touchdowns and earned the big-money deal he sought. NFL Network reported the new contract is worth $35 million, with almost $19 million guaranteed.
"This is where I belong," Crabtree said during a video on the team's website of him signing the contract. "We've got to do what we've got to do. I'm a Raider."
ESPN first reported the deal.
After dealing with an Achilles injury in 2013 and a subpar performance last year, Crabtree is back in top form this season with the Raiders. He has 66 catches for 760 yards and seven touchdowns through 12 games, turning into quarterback Derek Carr's most trusted target.
Crabtree has been remarkably consistent this season with at least four catches in every game. His 14-game streak with at least four catches dating to last season is the fifth longest active one in the league.
Crabtree, the 10th overall pick by the Niners in 2009, has 413 career catches for 5,087 yards and 33 touchdowns.
With Crabtree, rookie receiver Amari Cooper, running back Latavius Murray and rookie tight end Clive Walford all in the fold for next season, the Raiders have plenty of options for Carr in the passing game.
This marks the second contract extension that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has completed this week with a pending free agent. Fullback Jamize Olawale signed a three-year deal Tuesday.
Oakland also would like to reach an extension with left tackle Donald Penn, who is in the final year of a two-year contract.
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