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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.

Reader Comments

Por (Aaron Freemon) on February 18, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I say we lobby hard to get this guy. we need a boost at tight end. He would be a great addition. Besides we need to dump jerramy stevens he is one dui away from gone anyways. Alge is a good role model too. I like the idea of donte stallworth too. If we add these guys on offense in free agency,then we can draft more depth on d-line and secondary because we develop players better on defense.

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Por (mikel porcelli) on February 18, 2008 (Suggest removal)

crumpler is a waste,old and beat up. what would be the point in signing him.? so he can join joey galloway in the training room during the week while everybody eles is at practice. we need to get young playmakers and get rid of the old and hurt .

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Por (Aaron Freemon) on February 18, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I say we lobby hard to get this guy. we need a boost at tight end. He would be a great addition. Besides we need to dump jerramy stevens he is one dui away from gone anyways. Alge is a good role model too. I like the idea of donte stallworth too. If we add these guys on offense in free agency,then we can draft more depth on d-line and secondary because we develop players better on defense.

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Por (BucsFan2) on February 18, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I like both ideas of Stallworth and Crumpler, leaning more towards Stallworth. We are in great need of some playmakers on offense and the signing of Bennett helped in the RB Position. I think Alex Smith is coming along well but Crumpler is an expeireinced tight end that could bring more playmaking ability to the table, especially since Gruden likes to run two tight ends out there alot. Stallworth would be a good guy to bring in as well, he has shown playmaking ability in New Orleans, Phili and N.E. and we could use that type of receiver in our offense. I still hope they look at Javon Walker, I think his height and speed is something this offense has lacked for a long time at the WR Position.

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Por (Matt) on February 18, 2008 (Suggest removal)

This is a risk, but if his knee checks out it’s probably a risk worth taking. Smith and Crumpler would make a great tandom. The Bucs need all the help on Offense they can get.

What they really need though is a top-tier possession receiver. Hillard/Clayton/Stovall didn’t cut it last year.

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Por (James R. Kinzer) on February 18, 2008 (Suggest removal)

SURE BEATS CAN’T CATCH CLAYTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Por (Michael Harris) on February 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

This guy would be a <b>GREAT</b> get!!!

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Por (dex fields) on February 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I lean toward Stallworth-at least there is no injuries with him and he would be a GREAT upgrade for the Bucs.Also signing him will give us more options in the draft.Signing Crumpler would be nice and a big help but the receiver position is really needed right now.
Gruden need to start using a three receiver set instead of a two TE set on first and second down.

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