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Leftwich visit more than meet-and-greet?



There's a chance Byron Leftwich's visit to Tampa might result in a permanent stay.

We've learned Leftwich and the Bucs are engaged in earnest talks that could result in the free-agent quarterback signing a contract with Tampa Bay.

Leftwich visited with the Redskins last week but hasn't been mentioned much since the start of the free-agency period. Last season, he served as a backup for the Steelers -- a team coached by Bucs coach Raheem Morris' best friend: Mike Tomlin. Don't underestimate that connection.

If the Bucs sign Leftwich, it would be the biggest indication yet that they're looking at positions other than quarterback for their early-round draft picks. Tampa Bay has been often linked to Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman, but the Bucs arguably have a variety of more pressing needs, such as defensive tackle.

The Bucs have pretty much vowed to add a quarterback at some point this offseason. If it's Leftwich, he clearly won't be franchise quarterback they've been seeking, but he does give the Bucs someone to at least challenge Luke McCown for the starting job. Remember, they promised you competition, not a Hall of Famer.

Anyhow, we'll keep you posted on what, if anything, happens with Leftwich.

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


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