Aug 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tom Crabtree (84) against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Crabtree Released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have severed ties with tight end Tom Crabtree.

Crabtree announced the news himself on Twitter earlier today.

The cutting of Crabtree leaves four tight ends on the Bucs roster: Brandon Myers, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tim Wright and Luke Stocker.

The first three players are essentially guaranteed spots on the 2014 roster but Stocker’s roster spot is far from guaranteed due to injuries and a lack of production when healthy.

The Bucs signed Crabtree last off-season after spending three years with the Green Bay Packers and he appeared in just seven games, making four catches for 21 yards, one of which was for a touchdown.

He missed the first six games of the season with a high ankle sprain and then ended the season on injured reserve due to a torn bicep.

Crabtree was primarily used as a blocking tight end, something the Bucs now lack upon his release.

Myers, Seferian-Jenkins, Wright are all primarily pass catching tight ends and blocking is not really part of their fortay.

The Bucs have two other tight ends in rookie minicamp this week, Seferian-Jenkins aside — Taylor Sloat of UC-Davis and Jamel Johnson of Alabama State.

The Bucs were already overcrowded at tight end and the release of Crabtree eases that burden. However, it’s still very likely another tight end is cut at some point before the season begins.

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