Bucs re-sign Angelo Crowell to 1-year deal; Bradley signs tender
The Bucs have re-signed LB Angelo Crowell to a one-year deal, adding a little depth to their linebacking corps.
Also, the team says WR Mark Bradley -- a restricted free agent who is something of a reclamation project after being acquired from Kansas City last year -- has signed his tender, which also calls for a one year contract.
Crowell missed all of last season after he was slow to recover from an lingering knee injury then tore his biceps muscle upon his return. He was placed on injured reserve when final roster cuts were made but hoped to come back to Tampa Bay to make a legitimate effort to make the team and become a contributor.
Crowell, 28, once was a promising young player with the Bills before succumbing to a knee injury early in 2008. He underwent surgery for a lingering condition called chondromalacia (also referred to as runner's knee), which is an irritation on the bottom of the knee cap. The inflammation is quite painful.
The Bucs might have underestimated the amount of healing time required, but Crowell missed most of the offseason after signing with the Bucs in the spring of 2009. When he finally did make an appearance in the preseason, he clearly was not 100 percent.
But Crowell has, theoretically, had enough time to make considerable progress with the knee while he was treating his biceps injury. If so, we'll all be very curious to see what he can do come training camp.