QB list isn't sexy, but here goes
We know the Bucs are almost certain to acquire another quarterback, probably through free agency.
Luke McCown was re-signed earlier this month and was told he would have a chance to "compete" for the starting job. So, let's address the topic of who he might be in competition with.
The list of second-tier free agent quarterbacks is not awe-inspiring, so brace yourself (Hey -- we never said they were going after Kurt Warner). In alphabetical order, here are some of the quarterbacks the Bucs likely will consider:
- Kyle Boller, Ravens: Lost his starting job after a preseason injury and now Joe Flacco has taken long-term ownership of the position in B-more. Boller isn't overly impressive, but he has played a good bit of football, which is among the Bucs' criteria.
- Rex Grossman, Bears: There's a rumor going around that this guy once played in a Super Bowl. I'll let you know whether we're able to confirm it. Seriously, though, Grossman has a lot of games under his belt, which in some ways is part of the problem. In the many games he's played, he's proven turnover-prone. Still, turnovers aside, Grossman has some attributes, including a strong arm, that are appealing.
- Byron Leftwich, Steelers: Leftwich lost his job in Jacksonville to David Garrard in 2006. He's bounced from Atlanta to Pittsburgh since, but he could be rejuvenated if he's given an opportunity this fall. He's still relatively young after turning 29 last month. His reported desire to be a starter gives the Bucs an edge if they're interested.
- Dan Orlovsky, Lions: Dante Culpepper could be the likely starter in Motown, leaving Orlovsky to decide whether he'd like to better position himself for playing time. He says he'll test the market, which might leave him disappointed.
- J.T. O'Sullivan, 49ers: The fact that he was benched for Shaun Hill says a lot, but it's hard to judge the guy when you consider most of his performances came in games where the 49ers were well behind and he was asked to rally them.
- J.P. Losman, Bills: Trent Edwards is the guy in Buffalo, so Losman -- a former first-round pick -- probably hits the road in search of more opportunity. He tends to throw picks, but maybe new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski can help. A very intriguing candidate.
That's about the extent of it. Yes, the Bucs could absolutely wait until the draft to address this need, but that's a risky proposition if they want to ensure that someone other than Brian Griese or inexperienced Josh Johnson is their alternative to McCown. In the draft, it's impossible to know whether the guy you want is going to be around, so you must plan accordingly. But if the Bucs jump into the quarterback market when the signing period begins Friday, refer back to these names.
They'll look rather familiar.