The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed two of their own free agents Monday, inking linebacker Angelo Crowell and wide receiver Mark Bradley to contracts. Crowell was an unrestricted free agent while Bradley was tendered an offer as a restricted free agent.
The Buccaneers bolstered both sides of the football Monday by re-signing two of their own free agents - linebacker Angelo Crowell and wide receiver Mark Bradley.
Crowell, 28, originally joined the Bucs last year after a five-year stint with Buffalo. He signed a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Crowell became an unrestricted free agent on Mar. 5. Before the 2009 season ended, Crowell told Pewter Report that he was extremely interested in re-signing with Tampa Bay and competing with Quincy Black for the strongside linebacker job.
"That's my mindset. I want to finish what I started here," Crowell said. "They gave me the opportunity and I want to be here. My mindset is such that I don't want to be anywhere else. I don't even want to look around. I want to be right here. But that's not my decision. I'm going to be in the best condition and the best shape this offseason, so if they want to make a move on me, I welcome it. This is where I want to be and that's the bottom line. I'm not even looking at other teams. I want to be right here. I want to give this team what they were looking for when they signed me. My health is a lot better than what it was last year."
The former third-round pick's debut as a Buc was short-lived after he was placed on injured reserve in August with a torn biceps. He also struggled during organized team activities last year due to some knee soreness. However, Crowell is expected to be 100 percent healthy by the time OTAs roll around after the draft.
"My strength is back, but I'm not quite ready to play football yet, according to the doctor," Crowell said towards the end of the 2009 regular season. "By the end of December I should be healthy and football-ready. I had surgery on my biceps because I tore the tendon off the bone. They had to re-attach the tendon. I've just been rehabbing and working out.
"My knee is 100 percent. It's definitely unfortunate that I missed this season, but I definitely got more time to let my knee heal up and get right. I'm running and cutting right now and it's night and day. It feels good to be myself again."
The Bucs claimed Bradley, 28, off waivers in December. He became a restricted free agent on Mar. 5. Bradley (6-1, 201) spent two seasons (2008-09) with the Kansas City Chiefs. He originally entered the NFL in 2005 as a second-round pick with Chicago, where he played from 2005-08.
Although he only has 92 career receptions for 1,283 yards (13.9 avg.) and nine touchdowns, Bradley is expected to compete for a starting job in Tampa Bay since the team's stable of receivers lacks experience due to the loss of Antonio Bryant in free agency.
Several Bucs restricted free agents have yet to sign their tenders from the team, including running back Cadillac Williams, wide receiver Maurice Stovall, linebacker Barrett Ruud and offensive tackles Donald Penn and Jeremy Trueblood.
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