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Griese not expected at OTAs

You may have seen the last of Brian Griese in a Tampa Bay uniform.

The Bucs do not expect Griese to attend the first week of Organized Team Activities which begin Tuesday.

The full-squad workouts are voluntary. But team officials and Griese's agent, Ralph Cindrich, say they do not expect the 34-year-old veteran to begin competing this week with four other quarterbacks on the Bucs roster -- Luke McCown, Byron Leftwich, Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson.

The Bucs plan to take four quarterbacks to training camp and Griese is not expected to one of them. But Bucs still believe Griese could have trade value and may elect to hold onto his rights through the off-season in case another team suffers an injury at quarterback.

Griese started five games last season, passing for 1,073 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

But Griese missed two months with tendonitis in his right throwing elbow and struggled in his final start at Atlanta. While he managed to pass for 269 yards, his lack of mobility was startling and he took sacks in critical situations.

Griese also may not be the best fit for Jeff Jagodzinski, who will ask his quarterbacks to drive the ball down the field and utilize plenty of play-action bootlegs and waggles.

Griese thrives more in a traditional west coast offense. The numbers just don't work for him in Tampa Bay, especially after the signing of Leftwich.

The guess here is that the Bucs carry Griese on the roster for a couple months to see if there is another injury at QB around the league and release him before training camp, if not sooner. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:32pm]

    

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