Bucs Offered “More Commitment”March 17th, 2013
Last week, former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett said, in so many words, the Bucs didn’t show him any love and that was a main reason he bolted for Seattle and left Tampa Bay.
It seems the same thing happened to new Bucs tight end Tom Crabtree. Pete Dougherty, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, noted Crabtree, who is vacationing with his family in Tennessee, is expected to make it to Tampa today to sign his contract.
Crabtree said it soon became clear “we just weren’t on the same page,” and the Bucs’ two-year offer was better for him, his wife and two young children than the one-year deal worth $630,000 — the NFL minimum for a player entering his fourth season — and small signing bonus extended by the Packers.
“It was hard for me to justify almost being back where I started this whole thing off, when I feel like I worked so hard and contributed so much,” Crabtree said. “I guess I would have liked to have been rewarded for my efforts a little more. … I saw more of a commitment from (the Buccaneers) end, which kind of was a little bit of a shock at first. I expected it to be the other way around — maybe some teams interested but wouldn’t come close to what the Packers wanted to do or offer.
“But at the same time, it’s part of the business. No hard feelings or grudges on my end, and I’m sure on their end, too. We both have to make the best of the situation and go on from here.”
Crabtree, who Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel described as the Packers’ “best blocking tight end,” apparently has developed into something of a passing weapon. Dunne, after speaking to Crabtree, noted the Bucs offered Crabtree more of an opportunity to be a pass-catching threat.
Crabtree faced a major road block with the Packers playing behind tight end Jermichael Finley.
Joe kind of had a hunch the Bucs would draft a tight end in the second round, but now with Crabtree on board, the possibility of re-signing Dallas Clark and Luke Stocker on the roster, Joe doubts a tight end will be drafted high by Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik.
Besides, there are too many holes on defense. The Bucs lost a starting defensive end, starting defensive tackle and a starting outside linebacker all in a matter of hours last week.
That’s not even factoring in the porous unit of cornerbacks that sorely needs upgrading.