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Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers agree to 2-year deal

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We told you on Thursday the Bucs and free-agent quarterback Byron Leftwich were engaged in talks. Now, the sides have agreed to a 2-year contract.

Leftwich confirmed the agreement to NFL.com, giving the Bucs the fourth quarterback they vowed to add at some point this offseason.

Tampa Bay had Leftwich in for a visit on Thursday and the sides had sincere conversations about Leftwich joining the team. But upon his departure from town that evening, indications from high-level staff One Buc Place were that the odds of a deal seemed slim, for reasons that remain unknown.

Something clearly changed in the days since, allowing this deal to come to fruition.

Leftwich played for the Steelers last season, serving as the team's backup. He also spent time with the Falcons prior to that, a stint that came on the heels of him losing his starting job and being released by the Jaguars. In Tampa Bay, he will have an opportunity to compete with likely starter Luke McCown for the job as coaches have vowed to have an open competition in training camp.

The Bucs are now likely to avoid quarterback in the first round of the draft later this month. They have continually been linked to Kansas State prospect Josh Freeman, but this move would indicate they have adequate depth at the position. Also on the roster are Brian Griese and Josh Johnson.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:30pm]

    

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