Sep 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree (83) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. The 49ers defeated the Packers 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Crabtree not to be tendered

 

Update: Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reported at 10:50 a.m. that Robert Francois would not be tendered an RFA offer, but the team and Francois’ reps are working on a deal to keep him around.



 

 

Tom Silverstein reported at about 10:20 a.m. that the Green Bay Packers won't be tendering a restricted free agent offer to tight end Tom Crabtree which means that he will be off to test the market.

Though it's uncertain at this point, this move also supports one's thought that the Packers will now be keeping Jermichael Finley and his $8 million-plus salary. Crabtree was the backup to Finley and is probably remembered most for his touchdown last season against the Chicago Bears when the Packers faked a field goal on 4th and 26 (yes, that OTHER 4th and 26).

Crabtree is one of those blue collar players who work hard, have paid their dues and was a fan favorite among those in Packers Nation, so the move comes as somewhat of a surprise among two other restricted free agent surprises - the move to use the lowest tender on Evan Dietrich-Smith and the middle tender on cornerback Sam Shields.

If the report by Silverstein holds up, the Packers will be down one tight end because Crabtree, in my estimation, should bring about some traffic from other teams.

In addition to Finley, the other tight ends on the team are Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams, and Ryan Taylor.

Here's the tweet from Silverstein:


 

 

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