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Arizona Cardinals announce they have released Michael Crabtree

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The changes are coming.

It starts with the release of what was always a perplexing signing, as the Arizona Cardinals announced that they have released wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

The fact that they pursued Crabtree always seemed odd as the team had invested heavily in the wide receiver room during the offseason.

They signed Damiere Byrd and Kevin White, drafted Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson and somehow felt like Crabtree helped them.

What made it even more odd was they first kind of botched the signing, then a couple of weeks later, when it seemed like they did not need him, he was signed.

It was a low salary, so not a cap thing, but the fit didn’t make sense.

The Cardinals are the worst team in the NFL in wide receiver separation, part of the reason you saw the team really focus on the short game yesterday, and they brought in an older, slower veteran.

Crabtree finished his Cardinals career with four catches for 22 yards.

Good luck in your next stop, or if this is the last, congratulations.