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August 5, 2011 @ 1:17 pm
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Bucs Re-Sign Crowder To 2-Year Deal

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The Buccaneers announced today the re-signing of defensive end Tim Crowder. Crowder faces tough competition for playing time as Tampa Bay added Da'Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn in the 2011 draft.

What was considered a weakness during the 2010 season, the defensive end battle just got a little more compeitive as the Buccaneers announced this afternoon the re-signing of Tim Crowder.

Crowder, 25, was signed to the Bucs active roster in 2009 after being cut by the Denver Broncos. Denver had drafted Crowder out of Texas in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

In his first season with Tampa Bay, Crowder played in 15 games with four starts. He had 3.5 sacks, 47 tackles, one tackle for a loss, 13 quarterback pressures, and one fumble recovery.

Last year the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Crowder was the Buccaneers starter at left defensive end for nine games after Kyle Moore left the lineup due to injury. He registered three sacks, 42 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble. Crowder was credited with four quarterback pressures, which was the lowest total of any of the Bucs starting defensive ends, including Moore and Michael Bennett who both started fewer games than Crowder. 

The former Longhorn will face stiff compeition for playing time with players like Alex McGee, Kyle Moore, Al Woods and Frank Okam, among others. In addition the Buccaneers added former Iowa Hawkeye Adrian Clayborn (first round, 20th overall pick) Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers (second round, 51st overall pick) and in this past year's draft to bolster one of the league's weakest pass rushes as Tampa Bay totaled just 26 sacks in 2010.

Crowder has a reputation as one of the hardest working players on the team with defensive tackle Roy Miller, a former college teammate.

In other transactions today the Buccaneers announced the signing of free agent quarterback Johnatan Crompton and kicker Jacob Rogers. To make room on the 90-man roster Tampa Bay released offensive tackle Quintin Borders and kicker Josh Jasper.

– Mark Cook contributed to this report

Last modified on Friday, 05 August 2011 14:34

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    Why sign DE Tim Crowder you ask? Here's a clue. The Training Camp roster is 90 players, so why not bring in a guy who has started games as opposed to a street free-agent? Here's another clue. Because players get injured. And a third. Salary is not a factor in Training Camp unless a player actually makes the final 53 man roster. Wow, this is getting easy to explain. Because he's a fairly decent hard-working player who knows the system. And you people are asking why? Oh, I know, you want someone new. I forgot that bringing back one's own players doesn't count.
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    This signing both worries me and puzzles me why him? why now? i thought kyle moore was lookin good? michael bennet?. is something wrong with bowers there not coming out and saying? hmmmm. hope for the best prepare for the worst i guess.
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    Yeah, I was wondering why Crowder was being thrown in with DT's. Good to know that we have a lot of competiton at DE, DT, LB, Safety spots on defense. I am still puzzled about the CB area. I think we still are thin in this area. Go Bucs!
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    Moore got no sacks last year, but from what he has shown this year so far, he appears improved and fighting hard for a job. If he gets some sacks in the preseason games, what it will show is you can't tell a lot about just the first year of development about how good a player can be. So it makes sense for the Bucs to sign Crowder, who got 3.5 sacks last year and see just how good he can show in this coming preseason. The more the merrier. They need to pick the very best backups and they will cut the rest or put them on the practice squad. Crowder's signing makes sense to me. I hope he at least doubles his sack total in a backup DE position, if he shows enough to land a job. Denver felt he showed enough potential to draft him in the second round. Remember Okam came on last year and played a lot better when he got to start than you wourld every have imagined from his past production in the pros. Give our coaches time to develop these players before you make a final valuation on their worth.
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    I'm good with Crowder. He was no better or worse than anyone else in a "needs" area of the D-line. Servicable. Can't help but wonder if this signing is made necessary by something we haven't yet been told? Issues with someone else?
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    he was our best pass rusher last year behind bennett so ok signing ,please dominick get us one vet for this defense i dnt care if its bruce smith just someone to show these young guys how be a pro.
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    Depth only signing. Not an upgrade.
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    Moore is toast
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    Looks like we just signed a QB from NE. Maybe Bucs are gearing to trade Johnson?
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    I like crowder in a back up role to bowers and clayborn. Crowder is only 26 and can still get better.
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    I'm not gonna be a typical poster on here and say this is a great signing. Crowder isnt any good plain and simple. I think for depth Moore and Bennett were fine. Waste of money...
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    Signing Crowder should at least provide more competition on the D line. He knows the system, which helps.
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    Al Woods & Frank Okam are not DE's...they are DT's and therefore are not competition for Crowder. Bit of a slip-up there. Anyway, I'm curious about this move. Everything I've read about camp thus far says that Clayborn, Bowers, Bennett, Magee, Moore, Wilson and even guys like George Johnson are all playing well. Could it be that with the starters returning to the right side of the offensive line yesterday & today it showed that perhaps Moore, Wilson & Johnson's play was somewhat overrated due to playing against backups? Gotta be a reason they decided to sign Crowder at this particular time.
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