Much of the reputation stemmed from his rookie holdout, which went into the season. Crabtree always played hard when healthy for the 49ers. Still, he wasn’t nearly as popular in free agency as he hoped. He settled for a one-year, $3.2 million incentive-laden deal with the Oakland Raiders.
Asked about Crabtree’s attitude, new Oakland coach Jack Del Rio basically said it was a non-issue.
“I don’t know that I’d really concern myself with how people felt before he got here,” Del Rio said Thursday. “I’m really most concerned with the teammate that he is and the player that he is for us here and now. Our focus will be on him being a good teammate and him competing for his role, creating his role, working with the quarterbacks, getting on the same page and being a productive player for us.”
Crabtree, who will likely be a starter, said he simply wants to fit in and help the Raiders win, coming off a disappointing season across the bay with the 49ers.
“I have a lot to prove,” Crabtree said. “I don’t have anything to lose, though. I have a lot to prove.”
In other Raiders notes:
The Los Angeles Times reported that the plan for a stadium in Carson, California, proposed by the Chargers and the Raiders, has been revamped. The paper reported the Raiders have contributed much more than the original plan. If built, the stadium would include a torch to remember late Raiders owner Al Davis. The O.Co Coliseum has a torch lit in Davis’ remembrance at each home game.
The Carson City Council passed the $1.7 billion plan this week. Both the Raiders and Chargers have given their respective cities to the end of this year or they plan to move forward with the L.A. plan. There is much work to be done with all plans, but right now, it seems the L.A. stadium plan has more momentum than the Oakland plan. The Oakland plan needs to make progress in the coming months or it could be in trouble.
Del Rio said the voluntary minicamp was attended by 100 percent of the team. Several players, including linebacker Sio Moore (hip), were held out.
Backup tackle Matt McCants worked at guard. The Raiders will experiment in the offseason as they try to set their offensive line.
Del Rio said one of the things that stands out to him this offseason is his coaching staff. He said he “loves” the group. I think that can be an advantage compared to the Dennis Allen-led Raiders. This staff is much better.