The Eagles weren’t in the top 10 last year in terms of free agency spending. Instead, they strategically added talent that put the team in a position to win it all despite losing quarterback Carson Wentz to an ACL injury late in the season. That balanced approach is what worked for the Eagles.
Crabtree, 30, caught 58 passes for 618 yards last season for the Raiders.
But he did catch at least eight touchdowns for the third straight season.
The turn of events with Grant isn’t the first time the Ravens have backed out of an agreement because of a medical issue.
In 1997, the Ravens were set to introduce Cowboys safety Brock Marion at a news conference before X-rays revealed a problem in his left shoulder.
Marion went on to play for another seven NFL seasons.
It’s tough to stand out on a roster as stacked as the one in Washington, but if Difo can find a spot in the infield to get regular starts, he’s bound to become a favorite of new Nationals manager Dave Martinez. Signed out of the Dominican Republic when he was 18, Difo took little time to reach the majors. But once he got there, it took some time for him to be a part of the lineup with any regularity.
Difo spent almost the entirety of 2017 with the Nationals, the lone exception being an 11-day spell in Triple-A Syracuse in June. In the 389 plate appearance that he managed while grabbing starts at six different defensive positions, Difo supplied healthy offense to the lineup, notching 14 extra-base hits to go with his five home runs.
Why he could break out: Difo might be an unhealthy Daniel Murphy away from fully breaking out in 2018. He made his debut in 2015, but it took until last season for Difo to see any significant playing time. This came thanks to him functioning like an ultra-utility man, but that might not need to be the case this season. Murphy underwent knee surgery in late October, and his status for opening day is still uncertain.