Bucs Sign Blocking Tight End Tom CrabtreeMarch 16th, 2013
Joe knows the New Schiano Order wants to run the ball like the NFL hasn’t seen in decades. The return of Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph surely has Greg Schiano salivating, and now there’s a new punishing blocker in the mix.
The Bucs have signed Packers free agent tight end Tom Crabtree, per ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Here’s how the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel described him recently:
Though he won’t break the bank, there is a league-wide need for block-first, versatile players like the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Crabtree. Through his three years with the team, Crabtree became a core special teams player, reliable blocker and, in 2012, a deceptive playmaker on offense.
Crabtree caught just 18 balls in his three seasons with Green Bay. The Packers did not offer him a restricted free agent tender. But he will be missed in cheesehead land.
Here’s how Aaron Rodgers expressed his sadness on losing Crabtree, via BSPN.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed on Twitter his disappointment in losing his friend to Tampa Bay, posting, “Had a lot of teammates in 8 yrs in GB. Few that I enjoyed as much as @TCrabtree83. Your tats, mustache n poor taste in music will be missed.”
The Bucs still need a tight end who can catch the ball and be dangerous up the gut of a defense. Joe hasn’t heard a peep on free agent Dallas Clark.