The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed tight end Tom Crabtree to a two-year, $1.6 million contract this past offseason. The Buccaneers are hoping Crabtree is the real deal and that he will take advantage of the great opportunity that has presented itself.
The former Green Bay Packers tight end has plenty of experience to excel at a high level. Crabtree has hauled in 18 receptions for 302 yards and four touchdowns in his three-year career. Most of that production occurred last year when he caught eight receptions for 203 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. More importantly, Crabtree has had the privilege of catching passes from the best quarterback in the NFL, which should serve him well over the next couple years.
The 27-year-old is excited about his opportunity with a new team, and he is already impressed with what he has seen in Tampa Bay.
“Being here for a month, these are some of the best, most gifted athletes I’ve been around,” Crabtree said, according to Buccaneers.com. “That’s not taking anything away from Green Bay; they obviously have talented guys as well. But coming here there was no drop-off as far as the athleticism and talent of the guys.”
That is certainly saying something considering the two teams were on completely different ends of the spectrum last season. With that being said, there is no denying Tampa Bay’s talent. It is more of a matter of the team putting it all together and making a run in the NFC South.
Crabtree is currently listed second on the unofficial depth chart behind tight end Luke Stocker. However, he is plenty of time to prove to the Buccaneers that he deserves the starting job. With that being said, Crabtree did state that he does not care what his role on the team is as long as he will be given the chance to help Tampa Bay win.