Tom Crabtree announces his release from Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers have released tight end Tom Crabtree, he said on Twitter on Saturday.

In announcing his release, Crabtree thanked coach Lovie Smith and praised his teammates.

“Thank you to Lovie and the rest of the new staff for giving me a shot,” Crabtree wrote on Twitter. “That’s a great group of guys. Expect big things.”

The 28-year-old Crabtree caught four passes for 21 yards and one touchdown in seven games for the Buccaneers in 2013. According to Pro Football Focus, he played 215 snaps. Crabtree missed time with a high-ankle sprain and a torn biceps.

Crabtree has appeared in 53 NFL regular season games, catching 22 passes for 323 yards and five TDs. He played his first three seasons with Green Bay (2010-2012) before signing with Tampa Bay last March. He got his NFL start as an undrafted free agent with Kansas City in 2009.

With Crabtree’s release, Brandon Myers, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tim Wright and Luke Stocker are the Buccaneers’ top options at tight end.

19 responses to “Tom Crabtree announces his release from Buccaneers

  1. Yeah, as far as being ugly, he’s one of the worst offenders. This dude reeks of ugly. He’ll catch on some place and get paid… at least he has that.

  2. I’d take him back in Green Bay – the guy is a better player than Ryan Taylor that’s for sure. I have no idea how Ryan Taylor was on the Packers roster last season – can’t catch, can’t block and can’t play special teams anymore.

  3. Crabby is an awesome dude. Ran into him at an airport once and asked if he was Tom Crabtree. He laughed and said, ‘Yup!’ Was shocked someone recognized him. He makes every locker room better. Good luck TC.

  4. I know none of them are studs, yet, but that’s an impressive group if pass catchers there.

  5. “With Crabtree’s release, Brandon Myers, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tim Wright and Luke Stocker are the Buccaneers’ top options at tight end.” Top options? How about that is all the options?

    Last year, TE was a weakness as far as catching the ball went (they were a decent blocknig group). Hope the draft pick changes that this year.

  6. Loved having Crabby in Green Bay.
    Quality player for doing all the dirty work a lot of TEs don’t want to do.

    Even with our additions at the position, wouldn’t be surprised to find him back with the Pack.

  7. I hope Tim Wright gets his exit too.

    Lovie can coach, but he shouldn’t keep guys that he’s trying to replace.

    Competition is one thing, but to waste someone’s talent when Tom Brady, Byron Maxwell, and so many other 2nd or 3rd string players did not win starting jobs after the preseason is classless.

    Let these guys play elsewhere because you’re jeopardizing their financial futures.

  8. Looks like Lovie finally got his revenge for that BS fake field goal in 2012, when Crabtree was with the Packers.

  9. Seems like he should catch on somewhere as a reserve. He was never a big receiving option in GB, but he’d occasionally bust off a big play up the seam when teams decided they could totally ignore him.

  10. At some point he may wish he had all the money back that he spent on ink. Classy move to thank the new coach, though.

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