When the Green Bay Packers decided against giving tight end Tom Crabtree a restricted free agent tender, the team ran the risk of other clubs making an unabated run at signing him away.
Early on in the free-agent process, it appears as if Crabtree is receiving outside interest in his services.
According to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a source said that Crabtree has had “multiple teams” showing “significant” interest at the start of free agency.
Without a tender, Crabtree is essentially an unrestricted free agent. He can sign with which ever team he wants, without the Packers having an ability to match a deal or receive a draft pick in return.
Of course, this vast interest could always be agent-driven, designed to help get the most money out of a return deal to Green Bay. But if it isn’t, the Packers could run the risk of losing their most trusted in-line blocker at the position and a core special teams player.
Crabtree, 27, caught eight passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns over 389 snaps last season.