Crawford (6-6, 255) entered the National Football League out of Virginia. He was signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He caught four passes for 47 yards with one touchdown in eight games in '00. In 2001, Crawford played in three games and caught one pass for 10 yards. He was released by the Panthers on Sept. 1.
Crawford is the second former Carolina tight end to join the Bucs' practice squad in as many seasons. Mike Roberg spent '01 on Tampa Bay's practice squad after Carolina released him last season. But Roberg was released this year during preseason.
In order to make room for Crawford on its five-man practice squad, the Buccaneers released defensive back Dwayne Stukes.
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