Unrestricted free agent linebacker Angelo Crowell is drawing interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to a source, Crowell is expected to arrive in Tampa on either Monday or Tuesday and could quickly sign a deal with the team.
Crowell, 27, missed all of 2008 with a knee injury and had a falling out with the Bills organization in the process. After trying to play through knee pain throughout the preseason, Crowell elected to have a knee procedure done just days before the start of the regular season. The procedure was expected to sideline him for four to six weeks. The Bills front office – angry at his timing – decided to put him on injured reserve, making him miss the entire season. Crowell then elected to have full surgery on the knee. He's expected to be fully healthy for the 2009 season.
Crowell amassed more than 120 tackles for Buffalo in 2005 and 2007. He had five interceptions, five sacks and three forced fumbles in 65 career games.
Tampa Bay is looking for Crowell to replace Derrick Brooks, who was cut by the team earlier in the week.