Tom Crabtree Released

May 17th, 2014

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The Bucs today released heavily tattooed tight end Tom Crabtree. This came from the acerbic Twitter feed of Crabtree himself.

@itsCrab: 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.

This really isn’t a surprise whatsoever. When the Bucs drafted Austin Seferian-Jenkins, it all but spelled the end for both Crabtree and Luke Stocker as the Bucs think highly of Tim Wright and, of course, the Bucs signed Brandon Myers as a free agent.

22 Responses to “Tom Crabtree Released”

  1. stevek Says:

    Good luck Tom Crabtree!

    Sorry for your injuries last year. You were looking tough up before that.

    Thank you for keeping Luke Stocker on the bench whenever you were able to go.

    Go back to Green Bay! And, go win some games, I am sure you miss that feeling.

  2. Buc Wilder Says:

    How is Stocker still employed

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Surprised Crabtree went first….must be going in alphabetical order.
    Good Luck Tom!….you are a good guy!!!

  4. lightningbuc Says:

    He thanked Lovie for giving him a shot? How the hell did Lovie give him a shot? He was cut in May!

  5. $acbuc$ Says:

    Then why the heck did we give up Maneri? Fluke stockers is the reason our TE spot has been a draft need. Now we got 3 TE and a half of one. Resign Maneri Now before somebody get him please.

  6. Brandon Says:

    One thing certain, the team will HAVE to sign another TE before TC starts. We may end up carrying 4 TEs anyway. We currently have 4 under contract. Counting on Stocker to stay healthy and/or contribute is a mighty thing to ask for.

  7. Kevin Says:

    Good luck Crabtree. Liked the bucs getting you last year and that injury really sucked. Hope you can go back to green bay or somewhere that will give you a shot.

  8. Harry Says:

    @Tampabaybucfan Says:
    “…Surprised Crabtree went first….must be going in alphabetical order.
    Good Luck Tom!….you are a good guy!!!”

    LOL, “alphabetical order” was funny. I am surprised myself. But its only a little surprise. I would have dumped Luke “IR” Stoker myself.

  9. Architek Says:

    Stocker ?????

  10. Chef Paul Says:


    Good Luck, Crab.

  11. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    For the sarcasm-impaired among you, Crabtree was being very sarcastic when he said thanks for giving him a shot and calling them a great group of guys. He was actually saying the opposite. Not sure why these things have to be explained. smh

  12. Snook Says:

    Not surprised but how was he released before Stocker?

  13. mark2001 Says:

    FlBoy…correct regarding the sarcasm.

    So what is the problem, Crabtree? Yes you were injured…not our fault. You didn’t fit what L and L were looking for. Other guys that did even more last year than you did got cut already. Case closed…no hard feelings…or shouldn’t be anyway. You did get paid last year, didn’t you?

  14. nate Says:

    At least crabtree was decent on special teams.. joe how does stocker fit in.. the guy has done nothing…

  15. Joe Says:

    joe how does stocker fit in..

    Not sure he does.

  16. mark2001 Says:

    My guess is that on paper, Stocker has more potential….and I’d imagine that as soon as things are pressed hard, he will be out the door…He is on his last legs.

  17. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    They’ve got their stud all-around TE with elite athleticism in Seferian-Jenkins, their pass catchers in Wright and Myers. Stocker at this point looks like a camp body for blocking with his release not too far off.

    Maybe he can come play for Monte Kiffin here in Dallas since by the accounts I read it was Kiffin who talked the Bucs into drafting Stocker out of Tennessee as he was a coach there at the same time and vouched for him to the Bucs staff. Note to self: never listen to a defensive coach’s advice when drafting offense.

  18. Miguel Grande Says:

    “He thanked Lovie for giving him a shot? How the hell did Lovie give him a shot? He was cut in May!”

    Lovie did him a favor by letting him go early. Now he and his agent have plenty of time to find a team, relocate his family and move before camp begins. A class act for sure by Lovie, compared to the treatment Brian Price received from the Little General.

  19. Trubucfan22 Says:

    So now we have no blocking TE. When last season we had like 10. Big change in offensive philosophy. I can’t wait. This offense is going to be fun to watch.

  20. Trubucfan22 Says:

    That wasn’t sarcasm. They cut him early giving him a shot to latch on with another team for their otas and training camps. The bucs could have held on to crabs as insurance since he will be highly sought after blocking TE. But instead they are giving him a shot to find a team that wants him. Respect for and from both sides.

  21. Mord Says:

    Where’s the acerbic?

  22. stanglassman Says:

    I really liked Crabtree so disappointing.

    No way he meant that sarcastically. He appreciates being treated like a man and told as soon as they knew so he could catch on elsewhere like Miguel mentioned. No way he would cut off his nose despite his face. Lovie is liked and respected though out the league, he is too smart to act like a disrespectful child on the way out. Especially since he’s only an injury away from being ask back. Crab is too good not to be on some teams 53 next season.