Buccaneers TE Tom Crabtree has announced via his Twitter account that he has been released by the team.
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 shouldn’t come as a huge surprise given that Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com wrote earlier in the week that the recent addition of Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins leaves the Buccaneers tight end position among the deepest on there roster, and it could mean the Bucs part ways with Crabtree and possibly Luke Stocker.
Crabtree wasn’t able to lived up to expectations in his first year in Tampa Bay, but that had more to do with the fact that he was injured.
Crabtree, 28, signed a two-year, $1.6 million contract and has a base salary of $750,000 for the 2014 season. The Buccaneers will save $825,000 in cap space follow this move, according to OverTheCap.com.
There is a chance that Crabtree’s former team, the Packers, could have interest in him, even though they drafted a tight end and brought in Colt Lyerla for a tryout.