Crumpler sweating to make weight

New England Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler has retained outside help to keep his weight from approaching 300 pounds.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com caught up with Crumpler's new personal trainer, Mackie Shilstone, who's client list includes tennis star Serena Williams and former boxing champions Roy Jones, Bernard Hopkins, Michael Spinks and Riddick Bowe.

Crumpler, a four-time Pro Bowler mostly because he was such a dangerous receiver, has evolved more into a blocking tight end. His weight has much to do with that.

He recently began a six-week regimen with Shilstone in Louisiana. Shilstone's program includes boxing, martial arts and a personally designed diet in addition to more traditional football methods.

"Alge is investing in himself to be better for his team," Shilstone told Reiss. "He's compliant, and he's now doing three-a-days. He's truly gotten into this."

Reiss notes that Crumpler, 32, signed a two-year, $5.2 million contract that includes weight stipulations worth $250,000.