Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie received praise for his signing of veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree last year after he played well enough to validate it.
Crabtree hauled in 85 catches for almost 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns, giving him the 39th best grade from Pro Football Focus last season (78.8). In addition, Crabtree had 17 missed tackles, eighth-best among wide receivers.
McKenzie made sure to keep his No. 2 receiver by signing him to a four-year, $34 million deal that includes an $11 million cap hit this upcoming season. The new contract did not receive PFF's approval, landing on their list of the "5 Worst NFL Receiver Contracts", landing at number four on the list.
PFF lists the Crabtree's contract for the following reason: "The problem is that if he stays in Oakland, he’ll have to play consistently at or around what has been his career peak to justify the numbers in his contract moving forward, a scenario that seems unlikely given his age (28) and injury history."
They did say there is one silver lining of the contract though, and that's that there is no dead money in the contract after the upcoming year. This means he can be released after this year with no affect on their salary cap.
Only time will tell on whether or not it was a good contract for the Raiders to give, but there's no question Crabtree was a key piece of the offense last year.