At least the budget-minded Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t chase Angelo Crowell with a fistful of cash this time around.
The Bucs re-signed the veteran linebacker to a one-year contract today after he missed all last season with a torn biceps muscle suffered in preseason. Crowell had signed with Tampa Bay 12 months ago, getting a $1 million signing bonus in a one-year contract from new general manager Mark Dominik. No big deal, right? Well, Crowell was coming off knee surgery that had forced him to miss the entire 2008 season. Maybe Crowell will have a chance to make good on that signing bonus the second time around.
The Buccaneers also announced that reclamation project Mark Bradley signed his tender as a restricted free agent. It will be interesting to see how long Bradley, a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2005, lasts. The Kansas City Chiefs gave up on Bradley last season in December when the Bucs claimed him off waivers.
Tampa is desperate for help at the receiver position. Bradley had 24 catches for 320 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs before he was cut loose. His best season came in 2008 with Kansas City after the Bears had pulled the plug on him. He made 30 receptions for 380 yards and three receptions. Bradley isn’t considered dependable on the field and he has a reputation for not being durable, either.
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