The return of Tom Brady after a quick retirement modified all the things for the Bucs this offseason. Free company has been a smashing success, high quality outdoors gamers have signed in Tampa Bay and the Bucs are primed for an additional Tremendous Bowl run. However their long run future at quarterback remains to be a query mark.
A yr in the past, the Bucs drafted Florida’s Kyle Trask within the second spherical to groom as a future starter. Proper now, Trask is the one non-Brady quarterback presently on the roster. And the Bucs appear fairly comfy with letting him compete for the No. 2 job this offseason.
“Properly, I’ll begin off with Kyle Trask, who’s on our roster,” Bucs GM Jason Licht stated in an interview on SiriusXM Mad Canine Sports activities Radio on Wednesday. “On the Mix, each Bruce and I had been requested that query. Kyle is any person that we’ve actually been enthusiastic about. His development final yr as a backup quarterback. Studying behind Tom, studying behind Blaine and Ryan Griffin, some superior professionals. We’re actually enthusiastic about him and I believe he’s simply going to proceed to develop.”
One other doubtless choice for the Bucs is bringing Blaine Gabbert again to compete with Trask. The Bucs assume extremely sufficient of Blaine that Trask beating him out could be an excellent measuring stick for the younger quarterback. It could present Tampa Bay progress that they wouldn’t essentially see from watching Trask ascend previous Ryan Griffin.
“We had Blaine final yr on our roster,” Licht stated. “That could possibly be a chance nonetheless. However we’re nonetheless form of trying out your complete market right here. And we’ll see what occurs.”
There have been rumors that the Bucs stay keen on Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield. At his present price ticket, that hypothesis is absurd. Mayfield will make $18 million this season, and can doubtless require high 100 draft compensation to amass. Each of these stipulations ought to be non-starters for the Bucs. Nonetheless, it’s potential the Browns eat a good portion of Mayfield’s wage too.
Both manner, Licht didn’t rule out something when requested about doubtlessly buying Mayfield.
“We would nonetheless add somebody,” Licht stated. “I don’t wish to discuss a participant that’s on one other crew’s roster proper now. However we should still add a veteran quarterback. We’re simply going to must see the way it goes right here.”
Licht is among the least demonstrative GMs within the NFL. His refusal to remark is a constant staple of his time as normal supervisor. Licht by no means addresses gamers on different rosters. Nonetheless, till Mayfield is definitely traded, hypothesis will proceed to run wild.
“I do not wish to discuss a participant that is on one other crew’s roster proper now, however we should still add a veteran quarterback. We’ll must see the way it goes right here.”@AdamSchein requested #Bucs GM Jason Licht about including a veteran backup QB, particularly Baker Mayfield. pic.twitter.com/rQaVZLVLjR
— Mad Canine Sports activities Radio (@MadDogRadio) March 23, 2022