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Bucs Waiting For Crumpler To Be Freed
Posted Feb 18, 2008 by Roy Cummings
Updated Feb 18, 2008 at 01:52 PM
Several teams, including the Bucs, are lining up to take their shot at signing recently released TE Alge Crumpler.
No one can touch Crumpler just yet, though, because Crumpler is still not a free agent. Not technically.
None of the five players released by the Falcons late last week showed up on the league’s final waiver wire on Friday.
With the league’s offices closed for business over the weekend it will be this afternoon, at the earliest, before Crumpler is truly free.
Once he is, you can bet that several teams will be in contact with him. Already the Panthers, Saints and Colts are showing interest.
No surprise there, of course. Crumpler is a four-time Pro Bowler who has averaged 45 catches and five touchdowns per season over the course of his seven-year career.
He is coming off a season in which he posted four-year lows in catches (42), yards (444) and average gain per catch (10.6), but he still had a better season (statistically) than the Bucs’ top tight end, Alex Smith.
There’s no question Crumpler would upgrade the Bucs’ situation at tight end, but there is some risk involved in signing him since he struggled with knee problems all of last season.
Crumpler had offseason clean-up surgery to repair some minor knee problems prior to the 2007 season, so any team signing him will want to look closely at that knee before taking the plunge.
This, though, is one plunge the Bucs may be willing to take. They do have a need for a tight end, what with Anthony Becht and Jerramy Stevens readying for free agency themselves.
And even if it means resting him on Wednesdays, which is the Falcons had to do to get him ready for Sunday, it’s probably worth the risk. After all, the Bucs are no stranger to giving players days off to get ready for Sunday.
One other player the Bucs may have some interest in before the week is out is Patriots receiver Donte’ Stallworth. Word out of New England is that Stallworth will be let go sometime this week.
Considering their need for playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, Stallworth would no doubt be a big addition to the Bucs’ offense.