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3 Other Teams That Could've Actually Used Michael Crabtree Instead of the Cardinals

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 14: Michael Crabtree #15 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday, the Arizona Cardinals announced that they'd signed veteran wideout Michael Crabtree to a one-year deal, thereby (and finally) putting to rest his longer-than-expected stint of being unemployed.

Crabtree met with the Cards earlier in the month, but the move still came as a surprise to most simply because there seemed to be a plethora of other teams in more dire need of a genuine end zone threat lining up out wide.

What that in mind, let's take a look at some franchises that actually should've signed the former first-round pick.

3. New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 16:G  olden Tate #15 of the New York Giants runs during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium on August 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Giants receiving corps is a flat-out mess at the moment. Golden Tate will miss the season's first four games due to suspension and Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't come around here no more, leaving Eli Manning's only competent and reliable pass-catching options as Sterling Shepard (once his thumb heals!), Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley. No, it's not the end of the world in East Rutherford, but there's no doubting that Crabtree would add another dimension to Pat Shurmur's offense.

2. Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 08: D.K. Metcalf #14 and Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks have a chat after the preseason game victory over the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field on August 08, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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As soon as it was announced that rookie D.K. Metcalf would be undergoing knee surgery, the Seahawks should have swooped in and signed Crabtree. With Doug Baldwin retired, that leaves largely unproven commodity David Moore as the No. 2 in Seattle behind breakout star Tyler Lockett. You could've (and should've) had him, Seattle. Instead, King Crab will compliment the likes of Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk in the desert.

1. Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Wide receiver Josh Doctson #18 of the Washington Redskins scores a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at FedExField on December 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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With all due respect, the Redskins receiving corps offers next to nothing behind Josh Doctson, who, by the way, has underwhelmed significantly since entering the league in 2016. Robert Davis and Kelvin Harmon have impressed in camp, but they were both sixth-round picks in 2017 and 2019 -- odds are they aren't ready to become every-down pass-catchers. Crabtree is no longer his world-beating self, but he's far better than what Washington currently has at their disposal.