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Bucs add free agent TE Crabtree

Posted Mar 16, 2013 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 16, 2013 at 01:01 AM

 
BY ROY CUMMINGS
Tribune Staff

TAMPA – The Buccaneers went into the free-agent signing period this week hoping to add either a slot receiver or a tight end. Now they have added both.

One day after signing Cowboys free agent slot receiver Kevin Ogletree, the Bucs on Friday signed Packers free agent tight end Tom Crabtree.

Like Ogletree, who will be entering his fifth year in the league, Crabtree would seem to have the ability to compete for a starter’s role with the Bucs.

The three-year pro out of Miami (Ohio) has started 15 games for Green Bay the last two seasons and made 14 receptions for 241 yards and four touchdowns.

Crabtree had career highs in receptions (eight), yards (203) and touchdowns (three) in 2012, including a 72-yard touchdown reception.

  At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, Crabtree is considered a little small for the position, according to scouting reports, but he does displays good athleticism, particularly as a pass catcher.

Crabtree also has the versatility necessary to work as a fullback or H-back, so in addition to adding depth to the Bucs tight end corps, he could also serve as a backup to fullback Erik Lorig.

Though he has played mostly in a reserve role for the Packers, Crabtree managed to establish himself as one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers favortite teammates.

“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,” Rodgers tweeted.

The Bucs went into the free-agency signing period expecting to lose last year’s starting tight end, Dallas Clark, to another team, possibly Denver.

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