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Miami Dolphins to host Michael Crabtree

When the Miami Dolphins bring free agents in for a visit, they are typically serious. The team last year offered contracts to all the players it hosted. This year it has hosted two players and signed both.

That's why one can only conclude the Dolphins are serious about wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Crabtree is scheduled to visit the Dolphins later Wednesday and Thursday.

He better come cheaply because he is not necessarily an upgrade over what the Dolphins have cleared out recently.

Crabtree, 27, has been in something of a decline the past couple of years since a fine 2012 season. He was injured much of 2013, which limited him to only five games and 19 catches.

Last year he played all 16 games and caught 68 passes for 698 yards. But something was missing. Never the fastest receiver, Crabtee lacked explosion. His per-catch average dipped to 10.3 yards per catch from 14.9 the year before and 12.5 career mark.

Crabtree also had a tough year catching the football because ProFootballFocus marked him at a 12.82 drop rate which was fourth highest out of 50 wide receivers wide receivers. Jarvis Landry's drop rate, by comparison, was fifth-best in the NFL at only 2.33.

Hmmm.

Anyway, the Dolphins like him. Certainly, executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum likes him. Tannenbaum graded Crabtree highly -- a near the top of the draft type -- when Crabtree came out in 2009.

He has never delivered to that height. But obviously the Dolphins are serious about him.

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