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With Tom Crabtree Out, Jermichael Finley is Probably In

Tom Crabtree for the score!

Tom Crabtree signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the weekend and we’ll get to that in a second. That loss (along with the failure to re-sign Greg Jennings), most likely means you’re in for another season of Jermichael Finley running his mouth, dropping passes and doing other Jermichael Finley things.

There was talk the Green Bay Packers were considering releasing Finley instead of overpaying him at $8.25 million this season. There’s little to no chance of that now because, well, who are you going to throw the ball to?

Crabtree was the only tight end on the Packers roster, other than Finley, who’s shown anything. He was great as a blocker and had at least shown some potential as a playmaker in limited opportunities. So there’s no clear replacement at tight end and, with Jennings gone, the Packers would be down to three proven pass catchers without Finley.

Not exactly optimal for a team that relies on the pass more than most.

As for Crabtree, the Packers didn’t tender him and then tried to sign him to a one-year, $700,000 deal. Tampa came in with a two-year $1.6 million deal. The Packers ultimately decided they couldn’t afford an $100,000 in 2013 and let Crabtree, who wanted to remain with the team, walk.

Really. The Packers wouldn’t fork over an extra $100,000 for a core special teams player and a top backup.

That’s what it’s come to in Green Bay. We won’t pay market value for anyone! You’ll take what we offer you and like it! It’s a privilege just to play here!

Crabtree should get plenty of opportunities in Tampa, so we’ll see if the Packers were right to let him move on. We doubt they were though.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Buster Bluth March 18, 2013

    Get this. A month ago there was a story in either the GB or MKE paper touting a rededicated DJ Williams. I know ….who the hell is DJ Williams and what the hell has he done.
    My guess is the Pack thinks blocking TE’s are like utility infielders who can’t hit. Finley is gone after next year. TT hopes that DJ Williams is the answer beyond that.

  2. Does TT know…time will tell?

  3. Jon Mallaber March 18, 2013

    The Tom Crabtrees of the world are a dime a dozen. Shoot, we already have one of these dimes on the roster in Ryan Taylor. Also, just because we called him our blocking tight end, it doesn’t mean that he was good. I will take my chances with Finley, Quarless, and Taylor.

  4. Tucson Packer March 18, 2013

    This was a mistake, IMO

  5. ay hombre March 18, 2013

    Packer fans like Crabtree because he’s big, white, has a lot of tats, is not very handsome and is a good follow on twitter. That’s the only reason people are making a big deal about us not retaining him. He’s a blocking tight end who never grades out well in blocking.

    Besides…he was talking about wanting to be a Packer for life, but then hightailed it out of here for an extra 100k a year? Ok then.

  6. Iltarion March 18, 2013

    I am unmoved by Crabtree’s departure and wouldn’t argue over his value.

    However, no one should forget that TT can be a cold SOB when he needs to be. After 3 years of being reliable, decent on special teams, and throwing in a couple big plays as a TE, the Packers offered Crabtree one year at the veteran’s minimum.

    Ouch. That is cold, man.

    Yeah, it irks me when guys like Greg Jennings or Drew Brees talk about doing “what is best for their families,” meanwhile they are passing up $8 million a year to take $9 million. I mean, seriously?

    But in Crabtree’s case, it was a choice between $630,000 and $1.6 million. Yeah, no brainer there.

  7. Vijay March 18, 2013

    I thought we kept our own guys….hmm, there went that theory. I’ll miss his Tweets and Gorrila-man good looks the most! Rock on Crabby, Rock on! Oh yeah, he was a damn fine football player for us too and damn cheap to retain…what a shame oh what a shame. TED STOP FUCKING WITH MY DRAFT BOARD PROJECTIONS! Geezus, now I must have Ted & co. taking a TE in the first three rounds…lord I hope it’s Travis Kelce from Cincinnati. Beast blocker with deceptive speed and good hands.

  8. Richard March 18, 2013

    4 tight ends under contract already that have already been drafted by Ted. I doubt losing undrafted Crabtree is really going to move TE up the draft priority list. Spencer Havner, anyone?

  9. Packer Bob March 18, 2013

    Kinda surprised they didn’t pay him either. I think that says they want to see what guys like DJ Williams and Andrew Quarless can do on the field. Let’s face it, this is Finley’s last chance to prove he’s worth the price tag.

  10. GBslacker March 19, 2013

    They might as well cut Finley, and re-sign either Rodgers or Matthews — and swallow one of those hits this year. It’s going to be a waste of a season anyway.

    After six defensive draft picks, they were still soft as a mouse’s ear. With an older Pickett, Twilliams, and Hawk they’ll hardly be a force.

    As far as TEs…
    Quarless will never be the same, which wasn’t great…
    Taylor doesn’t have a ceiling, so much as he has a crawlspace…
    DJ Williams is consumed with himself and his teddy bear (not so much with blocking)…

    Let’s hope that Bostick can bring it.