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Bucs center of QB reports



If the subject is quarterbacks, the Buccaneers are always in the conversation.

There's been various reports this week that could have an impact before training camp.

The Ft. Worth-Star Telegram reported there is increased speculation in Dallas that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not satisfied with his team's backup quarterback situation behind starter Tony Romo.

The speculation is that the Cowboys have an interest in trading for Chris Simms, who obviously wants out of Tampa Bay.

Simms played collegiately for Texas. The Cowboys may be willing to part with receiver Terry Glenn, who underwent two knee injuries last season. The Cowboys have offered Glenn a $500,000 injury waiver if he re-injures his knee and is lost for the season.

The Bucs have said they could add another veteran receiver before training camp. If healthy, Glenn would make some sense. It would enable the Bucs to unload Simms via trade, much the way they were able to swap Keyshawn Johnson for Joey Galloway. Both players were about to be cut by their respective teams.

Simms insists he will report to Bucs training camp if he still is on the roster July 25. Passing a physical shouldn't be an issue since he was able to do that under much worse circumstances last year. But it's hard to fathom the Bucs bringing five quarterbacks to training camp when NFL teams are restricted to an 80-man roster limit.

One way or another, don't expect Simms to spend much time in training camp with the Bucs. It's hard to get three quarterbacks reps, let alone five. It may take a little more time, but Simms will likely be traded or released. The Cowboys scenario makes some sense.

But if Simms is traded to the Cowboys, he would likely be the No. 3 quarterback behind Romo and Brad Johnson. The Cowboys flirted with signing Marques Tuiasosopo, but he was told it would be as the No. 3 quarterback and opted to sign with the Oakland Raiders.

The other headline getting attention is the possible return of quarterback Brett Favre to the NFL this season.

Favre, who had a tearful retirement from the Packers in March, is expected to make his intentions officially known in the next week or so.

The Packers have spent the off-season preparing to move forward with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Frankly, they hope No. 4 stays on the riding mower in Mississippi. But how could they keep him out of Green Bay?

At 38, Favre is coming off one of the best years of his career, having led the Packers to the NFC Championship game. He passed for 4,155 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also completed 66.5 percent of his passes, a career-high.

If the Packers release Favre, in addition to a huge public relations nightmare, they run the risk of him going to an NFC North rival: Minnesota, Chicago or Detroit.

And yes, there's plenty of speculation that Tampa Bay would be a good spot for Favre. He's well-versed in the west coast offense and has a relationship with Jon Gruden, who coached in Green Bay. The Bucs even have enough salary cap room for his $12-million per year salary.

Everyone knows Gruden is fond of collecting quarterbacks and it might be impossible to resist a chance to put Favre under center. But it would probably mean an immediate departure for Jeff Garcia, who has worked hard all off-season trying to improve in his second season with the Bucs.

In the end, Favre will probably either remain retired or return to Green Bay. But in early July, when most coaches and executives are on vacation, it's fun to ponder Favre in pewter and red.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:04pm]


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