Tampa Bay plans to sign Blaine Gabbert to compete for the backup quarterback spot.
You just never know what you will hear coming out of One Buc Place.
Word began circulating late yesterday afternoon that the Bucs were attempting to sign quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a contract to compete with Ryan Griffin for the backup quarterback position.
Gabbert is another in what seems like a long string of ex-Arizona Cardinal players that are coming to Tampa since Arians took over as head coach.
Gabbert started three games last year filling in for Marcus Mariota when he was injured in Tennessee. Gabbert completed 60 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions and finished with a record of 2-1.
Gabbert, drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, has 48 starts in his career completing 56 percent of his passes with 48 touchdowns and 47 interceptions. His career record is 13-35.
Gabbert is being brought in to help Jameis Winston and Griffin learn and assimilate to Arians offense. Gabbert is also not going to strike fear in the heart of any of the Buccaneers opponents, nor does Winston have to be constantly looking over his shoulder thinking that he might get the hook.
Speaking with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay times, Arians had this to say about Gabbert, “Oh, I love Blaine,” Arians said Monday. “He won two big, big games for us. He’s got a talented, talented arm. He can run. I mean, I’ve always wondered why he hasn’t started for a long time and he did such a great job for us. I have a ton of confidence when he started for us”.
Arians continued in his praise of Gabbert by saying, “The guy can make every throw. He’s mobile. Your backup guy you want to be mobile. You know, because he can make plays for you and he’s really smart and he’ll be great for Jameis.”
Last year the Bucs carried three quarterbacks on the roster with Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Griffin, and it appears they’ll carry three this year as well.