Tampa Bay Buccaneers give veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich a closer look

TAMPA — The Bucs wouldn't mind building a team in the image of the Super Bowl champions. So on Thursday, they took a closer look at Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich.

The Bucs plan to add a fourth quarterback to their roster, but Leftwich's visit did not result in a contract as the team continues to weigh its options.

Leftwich, 29, backed up Ben Roethlisberger last season and is an unrestricted free agent. He visited the Redskins last week, and the Steelers have said they are interested in re-signing him.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Leftwich appeared in five games last season and played well for the Steelers, completing 21 of 36 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Bucs want to add a quarterback to compete with Luke McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson. That could come through free agency or the draft.

The Bucs will work out Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman next week in Tampa.

Man U loses millions: The Glazer family has discovered that championships don't always result in profits.

Manchester United's parent company posted a pretax loss of $65.9 million last season despite an improved operating profit by the soccer club after winning the English Premier League and Champions League titles.

Figures released by Companies House showed that United's operating profit went up $7.35 million to $118.3 million in the fiscal year ending June 2008. The results revealed increased TV revenues and bonuses from title successes, confirming that the club maintains a strong marketing brand around the world.

But the continued debt repayments by Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer, who took out a loan to buy the club in 2005, meant the balance sheet showed another loss.

NFL schedule coming: The NFL will release its schedule Tuesday night in a prime-time special on NFL Network. The broadcast is scheduled for 7, at which time the schedule will be made available on NFL.com. Among the analysts appearing on the show will be former Bucs general manager Bruce Allen. The Bucs and all teams know their opponents for 2009. This will just lay out the dates, times and television details. One detail is locked in: the Bucs play the Patriots on Oct. 25 at London's Wembley Stadium.

Around the league

Bills: Running back Marshawn Lynch will miss the first three games of the regular season after being suspended without pay by the league for violating its personal conduct policy. Lynch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge last month in Los Angeles. It was his second run-in with the law, after a hit-and-run accident in May in Buffalo. Lynch has the option to appeal.

Vick moved: Suspended quarterback Michael Vick was being held in a Virginia prison, and it was unclear whether he was still heading back to a Kansas penitentiary to await his transfer to home confinement and eventual release. He has served most of a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting ring.

Ex-Steeler acquitted: A Virginia judge acquitted former Steelers tight end Jonathan Dekker on an obstruction of justice charge stemming from an incident in Alexandria's Old Town a week before the Super Bowl. Dekker ran from police Jan. 24 after an officer told him he was going to be arrested for being drunk in public. A judge ruled Wednesday that Dekker's actions did not warrant the charge.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers give veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich a closer look 04/09/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 10, 2009 6:34am]

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