The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the busiest teams in the NFL this offseason. Re-signing every starter from their Super Bowl championship roster was a huge accomplishment. Then drafting quarterback Kyle Trask in the 2nd round and adding running back Giovani Benard. You’d think the team was done with signings, but not so fast: It looks like the Buccaneers have brought back a familiar face in Blaine Gabbert.
Bucs are re-signing QB Blaine Gabbert to a one-year, $2.5-million deal, per source. Top backup to Brady back in fold for Super Bowl champs.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 5, 2021
The Buccaneers quarterback room will be full to say the least.
Gabbert was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first-round pick back in 2011 after finishing his career at Missouri. He’s appeared in 60 games throughout his career, starting 48. The former Tiger has completed 56.2% of his passes and has thrown for 9,206 yards to go along with 50 touchdowns and 47 interceptions.
Bruce Arians and Gabbert go back to Arians’ time in Arizona. It’s a big reason why Arians wants him around with the Buccaneers. Gabbert started five games for Arians in 2017 and completed 55.5% of his passes while throwing for 1,086 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions. The Cardinals went 2-3 with Gabbert as their starter during that span.
With Kyle Trask and Ryan Griffin in the fold, it will be curious to see how the Bucs manage the backup quarterback position going forward. Gabbert is reportedly making $2.5 million in 2021, which is twice as much as he made in 2020.
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