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Packers lose Tom Crabtree to the Buccaneers

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The Packers still had some interest in restricted free agent tight end Tom Crabtree, even if it wasn’t enough to tender him a $1.3 million contract.

They lost that chance late Friday night, when Crabtree agreed to a deal with the Buccaneers, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com

While it’s not on the same level as Greg Jennings going to the Vikings, it’s a blow for the Packers.

Crabtree has 18 receptions in three years, but is a good blocker. And unless the Bucs re-sign Dallas Clark, Crabtree is probably the starter in Tampa Bay.

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  1. stellarperformance says: Mar 16, 2013 7:15 AM

    What the hell is going on up there?

  2. whatjusthapped says: Mar 16, 2013 7:17 AM

    The Packers carried 5 tight ends and Crabtree had the distinction of being the best blocker among that group. But in a pass first offense, that’s hardly enough to keep him around.

  3. jhein23 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:23 AM

    It seems like this happens every offseason. The Packers lose a bunch of guys, don’t sign anybody and everyone writes them off. Than they find a bunch of new guys in the draft – especially in the middle rounds that nobody’s ever heard of and they win 9-12 games.

    Pack has $20 million plus available under the cap – they should cut a couple more guys- Kuhn, Crosby and use all the money to front load extensions – Rodgers, Matthews, Raji, Burnett. Its boring but GB will be in much better shape long term if they take as much of the cap hit now as they can.

  4. niners816 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:48 AM

    He’s the ugliest dude in the NFL. Buzz, your gf, woof!

  5. twallace612 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:52 AM

    Nice pick up Bucs, love seeing the puckers loosing there players that they thought for sure they were staying in the pee yellow and crap green haha where is Karl Gerbschmit now with his bull crud

  6. gtodriver says: Mar 16, 2013 7:59 AM

    Now this is Ted Thompson being cheap. All reports are that the packers wanted to keep Crabtree. But they weren’t willing to put a$1.3 mil tender on him?

    So with $18 mil in available cap space, Thompson loses his best blocking TE over a few hundred thousand dollars…

  7. brasho says: Mar 16, 2013 8:00 AM

    Crabtree is not the anointed starter. Luke Sticker has considerably more than 18 receptions the past two seasons and he’s only entering year three. They will compete in training camp for starter reps.

  8. globalaxd says: Mar 16, 2013 8:05 AM

    Are we going to do anything this offseason other than lose players?

  9. noeffinway says: Mar 16, 2013 8:10 AM

    The Lions are so going to stomp the packers this season! ha ha

  10. 13arod says: Mar 16, 2013 8:19 AM

    Packers whatt are you doing

  11. bettis3636 says: Mar 16, 2013 8:48 AM

    OUCH… these big time QB’s just keep loosing their targets..

  12. modhairken says: Mar 16, 2013 9:02 AM

    Dominik is the worst GM ever. He signed a journeyman LB to replace a journeyman LB, a #5 WR to replace a #3 WR, let’s go his best DT and most consistent DE, and signs a TE so far down the scale that there is no tape of any catches to show. Yes, he signed Goldson. But CB was the #1 priority and all Dominik is doing is having a phone footjob with Buddy Nix.

  13. publicteamforever says: Mar 16, 2013 9:02 AM

    Depending on what Green Bay does with Finley, this could be a big loss. Crabtree always appeared hungry and competent, and with the right opportunity, could be an overachiever. Good luck Bucs, I hope he does well.

  14. clayshair says: Mar 16, 2013 9:06 AM

    The packers have 4 other TEs including Andrew Quarless coming back from injury and Finley and dj Williams and Ryan taylor and a practice squad guy bostick who they really like – why pay up?

  15. hansenbrothers says: Mar 16, 2013 9:07 AM

    Fellow Packers fans: calm down. None of our losses have been that big of a deal. Crabtree was a cool guy, but just an average player. Jennings, it hurts to see him in purple, but he didn’t play most of last year anyhow. We’ll be fine. Trust TT.

  16. calhounlambeau says: Mar 16, 2013 9:22 AM

    The Buccaneers can have our worst offensive player as ranked by PFF, Crabtree’s a scrub, whatever, awesome guy though, you’ll enjoy him assuming he makes your roster, TB.

  17. publicteamforever says: Mar 16, 2013 9:22 AM

    Clayshair, your’e right! I forgot about Quarless. I guess the Pack is deep enough at TE.

  18. ackattack22 says: Mar 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    Green Bay is the only NFL team that hasn’t had one signing or addition to its team this offseason. Not one! Plus the two they tried (Steven Jackson and Chris Canty) they whiffed on. I guess Ted Thompson must have been on vacation this week or something. The Packers are one Aaron Rodgers injury away from becoming the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  19. uwsptke says: Mar 16, 2013 9:49 AM

    Ryan Taylor was drafted to be his replacement. While not quite at his level as a blocker, he’s the far better special teams player and can actually catch the ball.

    This offseason is all about front loading deals for Matthews, Rodgers, and possibly Raji. That future cap flexibility will be important, since they won’t have the cap dilemmas that the Ravens and Saints will have just two or three years from now.

  20. uwsptke says: Mar 16, 2013 9:51 AM

    They never offered a contract to Canty. He didn’t pass his physical due to his knee. And no one who has watched Thompson over the years would seriously expect him to sign a 30 year old running back for $12 mil over 3 years.

  21. briandorry55 says: Mar 16, 2013 9:52 AM

    This guy sucks…this is what smart teams do…they replace guys that are expendable…Crabtree can be replaced by a 2013 undrafted free agent and Aaron Rodgers won’t notice the change. Dumb teams on the other hand, like my Bucs, let guys walk who aren’t easily replaceable…like Michael Bennett and Roy Miller.

  22. FANof28 says: Mar 16, 2013 9:52 AM

    When have the Packers ever been written off by anyone before a season? The media loves them. They’re picked every year to do well…. I dont understand that comment I guess??

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 16, 2013 9:55 AM

    Packers are getting worse.

  24. Christopher Bartling says: Mar 16, 2013 10:14 AM

    I’m hoping that we hear that the Packers are diligently working on contract extensions for the players they have deemed valuable to extend: Rodgers, Matthews, Raji, Jones, Burnett. Free agency is a huge gamble. Taking a star player from one team does not mean that same player will show up for your team. Different schemes, team chemistries, players, coaching staffs, front offices and stadiums all contribute to a totally different situation for the free agent pickup. Some free agents pan out; many more do not.

    Ted Thompson would rather develop players with relatively low cap dollar contracts and then, when that player has earned a higher dollar contract, reward them with said higher dollar contract. Thompson is all about risk-aversion. Free agency is a high risk gamble. The Packers, due to their continued success as a team, will lose free agents to other teams. That’s just how it goes. Teams will value the Packers personnel highly due to their success (e.g. Erik Walden, Greg Jennings, Tom Crabtree).

    The Packers will have continued success because they have a draft and develop system that works and that the team believes in and does not waver from. Other teams are looking for quick fixes. Sometimes the quick fix works, but the deck is stacked against it.

  25. tjacks7 says: Mar 16, 2013 10:17 AM

    One of the funnier NFL players on twitter.

  26. countyk66ers says: Mar 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    Football fans do you really think Tom Crabtree is worth $1.3 million a year? His spot is taken by Andrew Quarless.

  27. vikescry1 says: Mar 16, 2013 10:35 AM

    clayshair says:
    Mar 16, 2013 9:06 AM
    The packers have 4 other TEs including Andrew Quarless coming back from injury and Finley and dj Williams and Ryan taylor and a practice squad guy bostick who they really like – why pay up?

    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- because first it wasn’t alot of money, 2nd finley can’t block or run the proper routes. quarless like you said is coming back from major knee injury that he missed an entire season. and the other 3 are unproven??? this wasn’t crabtree wanting 10 million a year??? our offensive line couldn’t block your grandma before it’s gonna be worse now… good luck crabtree i wish you the best

  28. roastbeefsandwich says: Mar 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    What sucks the most about this is it increases the chance that the Packers keep Finely. Ugh.

  29. funshipm174 says: Mar 16, 2013 10:45 AM

    Packers don’t want to pay anyone.
    Maybe they can bring back Bart Starr for the AARP rate.

  30. chris6523 says: Mar 16, 2013 10:46 AM

    Now this is Ted Thompson being cheap. All reports are that the packers wanted to keep Crabtree. But they weren’t willing to put a$1.3 mil tender on him?

    _________________________________

    And Ted Thompson told who that the packers wanted to keep Crabtree. I mean, after all, Ted is always talking to the media telling them exactly how he feels about every player. It’s like the supposed 10 million dollar offer they made to Jennings. According to whom?

  31. chris6523 says: Mar 16, 2013 10:49 AM

    For the record, there wasn’t a significant difference between the blocking of Crabtree vs. Taylor. There is a chance that if Crabtree would have been back with the pack he wouldn’t have made the roster. If Ted really wanted him, he would have paid him 1.3 mill.

  32. 13xworldchamps says: Mar 16, 2013 10:59 AM

    Last March the Lions were set to rule the North with the Bears close behind….How’d that end up….The Packers have a philosophy and don’t break their rules….Look at the Cap hell and mess Thompson inherited from Sherman because he tried to Add player to win now….Andrew Quarless is our best blocking tight end and will be back this year, and he is a better receiver than Crabtree. Not a big loss here, settle down Packer fans, we will be fine.

  33. wludford says: Mar 16, 2013 11:22 AM

    I’m a Vikings fan.

    All the players the Packers have lost in FA were expendable. The Packers are fairly deep at WR and TE- they’ve spent a lot of draft picks on those two positions in the past.

    The Packers need linemen. Lots of ‘em. They also need DBs. Lots of ‘em. That’s what the draft is for.

    How the Packers fare next year will depend on how well they draft, not what happens in FA.

    Trouble is, the Packers have lost some of their better staff when it comes to drafting well. Last year wasn’t a great draft for GB, so a lot will be riding on this one if the Packers are to improve.

  34. frozeninfear says: Mar 16, 2013 11:23 AM

    I have evaluated Quarless’ receiving skills and have not been impressed.

  35. GenXJay says: Mar 16, 2013 11:26 AM

    Deconstruction is imminent. GB is imploding from the inside.
    Finley is next.

  36. Little Earthquake says: Mar 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    Teams that draft and develop win titles.

    Teams that splurge on the discarded win in “free agency.”

  37. manupngrowapair says: Mar 16, 2013 11:39 AM

    Not a big deal. In fact, I’d cut old StoneHands (Finley) too if they could sign Brandon Myers!

    Myers would be a perfect fit. A little known guy outside of fantasy and Raider Nation, so Ted could probably get him on the cheap.

  38. majikwen says: Mar 16, 2013 11:39 AM

    no off season surprises, GBP were going to lose all these players including jennings. TT must do a better job in the 1st round, sherrod, perry ( wrong system for perry ) are bad picks. rodgers, matthews and raji were great picks. i trust TT, i hope mccarthy is ok with this draft and develope system or he’ll be leaving soon.

  39. malkinrulez says: Mar 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    This is a nice signing by the Bucs. Crabtree has nice upside and if nothing else makes a good running game better. And if disappoints can be cut with no penalty. As for not keeping Bennett, no one paid him the $10 million a year he wanted , settled for 1 year $5 mill.Bennett took the Bucs not paying him personally and wasn’t coming back no matter what

  40. bmue42 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:47 AM

    Trolls Trolls Trolls, keep hating on TT while we win the division by 3 games next year

  41. riverace19 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    Everyone in the NFC is improving… Niners and Seahawks are looking downright scary. Packers are crumbling (voluntarily). They are going to get their pansy asses kicked next year.

  42. immafubared says: Mar 16, 2013 11:55 AM

    If you saw the movie Moneyball – thought it sucked actually, then that says it all about the Packers.

    Ted has no money for FA. Ted has no money for low first round draft picks, the guys who can come in and make a difference.

    Ted has no money to keep players but only ask them to play for less.

    Oh, it can get a lot worse. Brad Jones, Sheilds, EDS, Findley (I think they keep him) could all be picked up in the restricted free agent market in the next two weeks.

    Thus, they lose there only center, one of their best D backs, one of their best linebackers, their best tight end and they have a whopping 7 late round draft choices.

    Could be a disasterous two weeks for the Pack.

  43. immafubared says: Mar 16, 2013 11:57 AM

    I have the Pack in the basement of the NFC North at 6-10 next year. Until they get players, they will stay in that basement.

  44. shlort says: Mar 16, 2013 11:57 AM

    Good on Tom. He is a high character player, as are most all Packers. He definately deserves a shot to play somewhere beyond the limited role available to him in Green Bay.

    Green Bay is deep with Offensive talent. The management in Green Bay has an absolute death grip on their draft and develope scheme. It seems like 1/4 of the players in the league started in GB. I know that isn’t the case, but there seems to be at least one ex-Packer on every teams roster, and teams would love to pick clean the back-ups there. Green Bay has many back-up players that could start for a lot of NFL teams. Thompson is a genius when it comes to developing talent.

  45. shlort says: Mar 16, 2013 12:03 PM

    riverace19 says:Mar 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    Everyone in the NFC is improving… Niners and Seahawks are looking downright scary. Packers are crumbling (voluntarily). They are going to get their pansy asses kicked next year.
    ____________________________

    I hear that every year from someone who hates that GB is a winning franchise. Be realistic about GBs losses in FA. They have not lost one player or released one player that they don’t have a better player waiting to take the spot.

    GBs offseason moves will actually make them better. They will steal a solid RB in the 2nd round in the draft and address their run game. Their D is actually pretty good if they didn’t have to play 40 minutes out of 60. Runing game evens up the TOP.

    I think Thompson trades the 1st rounder for a 2nd and a 3rd or 4th and he will get quality players in those spots. Anyway, the list goes on and on about why no one should worry about GB losing pace in the NFC. Look no further than every other roster in the NFL to see how good GB is at developing players.

  46. PowerMad says: Mar 16, 2013 12:25 PM

    The overrated Packers are clearly re-building. It’ll be a few years before they’re relevant again. Even more when Rodgers moves on after not getting a Brady, Brees or Flacco-style contract from a too-cheap franchise that arrogantly believes they can just go draft starters whenever they want to. TT and CO. are playing a most dangerous game. Packers fans will turn on the team in an instant.

  47. jhtobias says: Mar 16, 2013 12:31 PM

    Packer haters in full force .. Steven jackson nor greg jennings nor tom crabtree make the a superbowl contender… lock up the big three add a dt ss and another lb were thier..

    I respect greg jennings he took the money as all of us would.. Packers will be laughing when we have all are franchise stars loacked up and the rest of you off season champs in 1-2 years are in salary cap hell….

    Walden 8 millin guaranteed ? don’t worry viking fans you can still sign some more of our leftovers

  48. noteugene says: Mar 16, 2013 12:53 PM

    Can’t wait for all the Comp picks for 2014 draft. Go TT!

  49. banlarson says: Mar 16, 2013 1:28 PM

    Doesn’t matter, its not like GB ever runs the ball anyway. The guys they line up in the backfield are just for show, I’d call them RB’s, but they aren’t NFL caliber. Someone should tell the Packers that you CAN hand off, its not a penalty.

  50. banlarson says: Mar 16, 2013 1:31 PM

    For jhtoias: The Vikings have two guys besides Jennings now that make more than $5M / year and both are playing in their last seasons (Williams and Allen). Vikings cap situation is about as good as you can get in the NFL.

  51. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:34 PM

    It’s very simple packer fans:

    TT is saving cap space for the Matthews, Cobb, jones, raji, and new Rodgers contracts. That’s why they are cheating out this year.

  52. ligat52 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:44 PM

    Ugh! Now we’re going to be stuck with Jermichael “I couldn’t catch a pass if my life depended on it” Finley!

  53. deetrain11 says: Mar 16, 2013 2:07 PM

    niners816 says:
    Mar 16, 2013 7:48 AM
    He’s the ugliest dude in the NFL. Buzz, your gf, woof!
    ____________________________________

    Why are you men worried about, whether another man is ugly or good looking???? Leave that to women and talk about his football skills!! Most people just seem jealous most of the time.

  54. napalmfingers says: Mar 16, 2013 2:07 PM

    Dominik is doing fine. Bucs fans just need something to whine about.

    It was a bad move to not pay Bennett like the top-tier pass rusher that he isn’t? Yes, he took $5 mil from Seattle, but he didn’t want to come back at a reasonable price after we “insulted” him.

    And Miller is suddenly an indispensable asset after one solid season? C’mon…

    We signed a blocking tight end to fill a need. What exactly is the issue?

  55. shaggytoodle says: Mar 16, 2013 2:10 PM

    It may not be as sexy as running around throwing bags of money, but I think most Packer fans have learned to understand that FA, isn’t a big part of team building for GB.

    Its not just this year, its every year. I think Woodson was the last marquee name they signed.

    Other than that he picks up a few spots where depth is needed.

    I’m ok with it, I believe giving FAs big contracts lead them to being cut a 3 seasons or so anyway.

    He does an great job of drafting no one ever bats 100% though, and then after the draft he can find some solid players with upside like Sam Shields.

  56. bigassbiscuit says: Mar 16, 2013 2:13 PM

    immafubared says: Mar 16, 2013 11:57 AM

    I have the Pack in the basement of the NFC North at 6-10 next year. Until they get players, they will stay in that basement.

    Listen my friend, this is not Madden 13. The players that have left during Free Agency we available because the Packers DECIDED not to extend or match offers…which makes them expendable to the team. If you have been paying attention to what goes on in Green Bay during all the years Ted Thompson has been the GM, this is par for course. Free Agency is not a priority for him, or the team. Sorry no big bank breaking signings have happened and they won’t. Trust me me that’s a good thing. 6-10, that’s laughable, and not going to happen (barring a season ending injury to Rodgers).

    If your a Packers fan, enjoy the team for what it is, and stop letting the media/video games sour your experience.

  57. gbmickey says: Mar 16, 2013 2:24 PM

    Every year its the same old song from opposing teams fans calling for the Packers demise because they arent paper champions in free agency. Yet every season who are divisional teams chasing? What teams other than a couple have been as successful as the Packers have been? Say what you want about their method of building a team but the fiscal responsibilty keeps them competitive year in year out.

  58. mrlaloosh says: Mar 16, 2013 2:47 PM

    Packers squirreling away cash to pay Rodgers. Probably $30,000,000 a year. Get ready cheeseheads!

  59. jessethegreat says: Mar 16, 2013 3:27 PM

    Know how you can tell its offseason?

    The Vikings fans come out in droves then.

    Get it thru your heads: packers fans don’t care that you signed Jennings. Most logical Packers fans aren’t talking the dude down. He is a good player when he’s on the field. We understand that he will help Ponder’s progression.

    Quit trying to make it seem like all Packers fans are butt hurt.

  60. trapshoot says: Mar 16, 2013 3:41 PM

    Thompson probably knows what he’s doing, but this loss make little sense.

  61. deltaoracle says: Mar 16, 2013 4:01 PM

    Some time from now if the Packers had signed Jennings and Crabtree and then had lost Matthews or Raji: “What the hell was Thompson thinking, wasting money on old guys and situation players?!?”

  62. themagicfanguy says: Mar 16, 2013 4:17 PM

    @PowerMad Overrated? Rebuilding? This is how we know it is the offseason, trolls come out in force. GB is just conducting business as normal, which is the reason they are the number ONE franchise in the NFL.

  63. shaggytoodle says: Mar 16, 2013 5:37 PM

    wludford says: Mar 16, 2013 11:22 AM

    Trouble is, the Packers have lost some of their better staff when it comes to drafting well. Last year wasn’t a great draft for GB, so a lot will be riding on this one if the Packers are to improve
    _____________

    I disagree with you, just on grading a draft after one season. I mean GB picked up a DL LB and DB.

    They all showed promise a little raw unfortunetly some have injuries to recover from. I believe they have talent, but it takes time and coaching to develop, They can all be steady starters in 2 years, or less.

  64. 4plus12equalsvictory says: Mar 16, 2013 6:53 PM

    Wow!

    wludford says: Mar 16, 2013 11:22 AM
    _____________________________

    All the players the Packers have lost in FA were expendable…. The Packers need linemen. Lots of ‘em…. That’s what the draft is for.

    How the Packers fare next year will depend on how well they draft, not what happens in FA.
    Trouble is, the Packers have lost some of their better staff when it comes to drafting well.
    _______________________________
    I’m not used to a Viking fan being so insightful. Respect to you man. But I also agree with shaggytoodle on his evaluation of last years draft

  65. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 17, 2013 10:34 AM

    If beating each of your division rivals twice a season is overrated, I’d like another helping of overrated please.

  66. whitecheddar33 says: Mar 17, 2013 5:36 PM

    I think I’ll just take Rodgers and Mathews comments about Crabtree do the talking – Rodgers loved em and Matthews said he was a beast to go against in practice/drills!!

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