The drafting of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in last week’s NFL Draft created a logjam at the position and on Saturday the Buccaneers helped relieve the crowded meeting room by releasing former Packers tight end Tom Crabtree.
Crabtree announced it on Twitter early in the afternoon on Saturday.
“I’ve been released. Thank you to Lovie and the rest of the new staff for giving me a shot. That’s a great group of guys. Expect big things.”
PewterReport.com soon confirmed with a league source verifying the release. An official announcement is expected to be released later on Saturday.
Crabtree was signed by the Buccaneers last spring to come in and compete for a starting spot, but an ankle injury in the Bucs final preseason game against the Redskins hampered the former Packer for the first part of the 2013 season. After getting back on the field Crabtree suffered another injury, this time a torn biceps, and was placed on injured reserve on November 25 of last year.
Crabtree was known primarily as a special teams standout in Green Bay before signing as a free agent with Tampa Bay but never was able to produce on the field due to the injury issues. In his Buccaneers career Crabtree caught just four passes for 21 yards with one touchdown, a jump pass from Mike James in the Buccaneers 27-24 loss to the Seahawks last November.
Besides Seferian-Jenkins the Buccaneers have three other tight ends on their current roster, incumbent starter Tim Wright, former fourth-round draft pick Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers who was signed last March as a free agent from the Giants.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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