Bucs TE Crawford Retires

March 28 - Tight end Casey Crawford won't be playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season. In fact, he won't be playing for any team. Instead, Crawford, who announced his retirement from the National Football League Thursday, will host a hunting and fishing show in North Carolina. Crawford's retirement leaves Ken Dilger and Dan Wilcox as the only tight ends under contract with the Bucs.

Tampa Bay tight end Casey Crawford announced his retirement from the NFL Thursday, which leaves Ken Dilger and Dan Wilcox as the only two tight ends under contract with the Buccaneers.

Crawford, 24, hung up his cleats and helmet so he could host an outdoors television show in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was scheduled to make $450,000 in 2003.

Crawford (6-6, 255) was added to Tampa Bay's practice squad last October. He was moved to the 53-man roster and played primarily on special teams in the four games he appeared in.

While Dilger and Wilcox are the only two tight ends under contract with the Bucs, the team has tendered a contract to restricted free agent Todd Yoder. The Bucs are also expected to try and re-sign TE Rickey Dudley.


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