Buccaneers TEs Luke Stocker & Tom Crabtree Could Be Expendable


Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com writes that the recent addition of Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins leaves the Buccaneers tight end position among the deepest on there roster, which is actually somewhat surprising given who they had entering the offseason.

As things stand right now, the Buccaneers have Tim Wright, Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree to go along with Seferian-Jenkins.

Wright, Stocker and Crabtree are all returning from last season, but they went out signed Myers to a two-year contract worth $4.25 million.

According to Yasinskas, Tamba is only expected to keep three tight ends, and the fact that the Bucs new front office went out and spent money on Myers implies he’ll be among the guys to make their roster. Yasinskas adds that Wright is also worth keeping given that he caught 54 passes as a rookie last season.

Crabtree and Stocker haven’t lived up to expectations up to this point, although Crabtree unfortunately dealt with injuries during his first year with the team.

Crabtree, 28, signed a two-year, $1.6 million contract and has a base salary of $750,000 for the 2014 season. If they were to release him, they would save $825,000, according to OverTheCap.com.

Releasing Stocker would save the Bucs another $645,000, but would also create $118,172 in dead money, according to OTC’s Salary Cap Calculator.



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