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Report: Leftwich To Join Buccaneers

Veteran unrestricted free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich has struck a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Michael Smith of ESPN.com.
Per the report, which cited an unnamed source, the former Pittsburgh Steelers  and Atlanta Falcons backup and Jacksonville Jaguars starter will sign a two-year contract.
Leftwich also drew interest from the Steelers and the Washington Redskins, but opted to join the Buccaneers.  Now, he’ll be competing with Tampa Bay quarterbacks Luke McCown, Josh Johnson, and Brian Griese.
Operating as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup last season in Pittsburgh, Leftwich completed 21 of 36 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
For his six-year career, Leftwich has passed for 9,624 yards, 54 touchdowns and 38 interceptions for an 80.3 quarterback rating.

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25 Responses to “Report: Leftwich To Join Buccaneers”
  1. Tyler E. says: Apr 12, 2009 10:20 AM

    Cool, we didn’t need to draft another young QB, plus Leftwich can provide a viable option if Luke gets hurt.

  2. Ralph GreNader says: Apr 12, 2009 10:22 AM

    Pull!

  3. lilbomberx says: Apr 12, 2009 10:22 AM

    good for him. maybe he can start for them. he’s got some pretty good weapons to work with down there. they just need another receiver and they can be really dangerous

  4. BuckFutter says: Apr 12, 2009 10:33 AM

    Well, it looks like Jon Gruden’s legacy lives on.
    Who needs one good QB when you can have 10 lame ones that nobody wants?
    Overall, that equals more talent.

  5. philwauke says: Apr 12, 2009 10:33 AM

    He needs to sign. I’m tired of the Leftwich stories.

  6. garyofferdahl says: Apr 12, 2009 11:00 AM

    The site is obsessed with the journeyman QB, now he has found a home thankfully.

  7. BaltimoreSports says: Apr 12, 2009 11:01 AM

    Uh ohhhh…Worthlessberger no longer has a capable backup. Hope Shittsburgh took away his motorcycle key!!

  8. ron32082 says: Apr 12, 2009 11:10 AM

    One good thing, if you have season tickets in Tampa…..when Leftwich drops back to start that wind-up, you’ll have time to get another cold 16 oz. and be back in your seat before the ball leaves his hands.

  9. vikings2102 says: Apr 12, 2009 11:26 AM

    Why would any QB wanna go to the Bucs?? Everyone knew when Gruden was there that he wanted 10 oin the roster at all times. Now that they got rid of him, it looks like things have not changed. So, as a QB, you go to the Bucs to make your career disappear. Who say Houdini it the greatest magician…

  10. The Jimmy says: Apr 12, 2009 11:44 AM

    There’s the potential oppurtunity to play he was looking for. Good luck to him. He did everything right in Pittsburgh and finally looked healthy. Good luck to him.

  11. titans_fan says: Apr 12, 2009 11:48 AM

    What’s the big deal about McCown? Why the big man crush? I mean if he’s the QB of the future and such a stud, etc, then why have I never heard of him before and how did he end up in Tampa? This experiment has disappointment written all over it and the fairy tale will be over by week 4.

  12. MJM1977 says: Apr 12, 2009 12:03 PM

    Hopefully Byron ends up starting in Tampa; do they have anyone else that should be starting?

  13. drunkhaloplayer says: Apr 12, 2009 12:05 PM

    He’ll win the starting job!

  14. BuckFutter says: Apr 12, 2009 12:18 PM

    “titans_fan says:
    April 12th, 2009 at 11:48 am
    What’s the big deal about McCown? Why the big man crush? I mean if he’s the QB of the future and such a stud, etc, then why have I never heard of him before and how did he end up in Tampa?”
    Had you heard of Tony Romo or Tom Brady when they were backups?

  15. Hosstyle in Tampa says: Apr 12, 2009 12:44 PM

    vikings2102 says:
    “Why would any QB wanna go to the Bucs?? Everyone knew when Gruden was there that he wanted 10 oin the roster at all times. Now that they got rid of him, it looks like things have not changed. So, as a QB, you go to the Bucs to make your career disappear. Who say Houdini it the greatest magician… ”
    ————————————————————————
    You know what they say about idiots, throwing stones in glass houses? I’d take our qb scenario over the Vikings all day.
    By the way, what’s up with your name? vikings2102? Is 2102 the year the Vi-Queens are projected to win the Super Bowl? I’ll take the over on that one…
    H.I.T.

  16. cpbenett90 says: Apr 12, 2009 12:47 PM

    Listen, does anyone else remember the Ryan Leaf experiment? I do. What’s the worst that could happen, they cut him? I’ll take a starting caliber body on my roster anyday.

  17. tiktokdok says: Apr 12, 2009 12:52 PM

    vikings2102 says:
    “Why would any QB wanna go to the Bucs??”
    The real question is why the Bucs would want Leftwich, a proven loser.

  18. HarrisonHits says: Apr 12, 2009 1:01 PM

    Donut shops all over Tampa are putting up “Welcome Byron” signs today.

  19. mike hunt says: Apr 12, 2009 1:24 PM

    Yeah, that’s pretty funny a Vikings fan talking about another team’s quarterback situation. By the way, when was the last time you guys won a superbowl??? Don’t worry I’ll wait

  20. truwarier says: Apr 12, 2009 1:34 PM

    this is a good deal for both sides, this guy can easily lose
    some more heat in the tampa heat and focus to become a good
    QB, plus he has weapons unlike jax, he has an excellent duo
    of pass-catching tight ends with stevens and winslow, you got
    antonio at wideout with clayton, then you have solid RB
    depth with graham, cadillac, etc. I like this move, McCown is
    overrated and josh johnson is too young.

  21. replica says: Apr 12, 2009 2:13 PM

    wasn’t to thrilled to hear this today. after reading more into it I kinda like it. leftwich was horrible with the falcon WCO. that’s not his strong point, he thrived under a run first deep pass second offense with jax & shitsberg(couldn’t resist). mccown, gruden would not take a chance on him. he started against NO in a huge divisional game in NO & completed his first 15 passes, won the game, which let us win our division. the team is high on mccown, I like our chances. now this new defense? that scares me, & it could be our achilles heel for this season. imagine that, the bucs with a great offense & a slapdick D! (free book?)

  22. bodillon says: Apr 12, 2009 2:15 PM

    Viking fans don’t have a clue about football. The Bucs have been competing for over 12 years now, and the Vikings are barely getting out of the hole. You went one and done in the playoffs, and your coach is an idiot!! Plus the Vikings haven’t beat the Bucs sinceeeeeeeeeeeee 2001 when Tony Dungy was coaching. I can see why you hate Gruden so much, and the fact that the Bucs have won a Super Bowl. HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Kool Herc says: Apr 12, 2009 6:17 PM

    Earth to morons fans of other teams:
    The Bucs would not be signing umpteen QBs every year if we had a Brady or Manning or heck even a Roethisliberger, Romo, Brees, Rivers, Culter (should I go on?)
    You morons act like we have a policy of signing mediocre QBs when unfortunately the truth is we’ve just never found outside of one career year for Brad Johnson.
    Anybody who says Leftwich is a nothing more then a loser also forget what he did last year (on a good team) replacing Big Ben in that crucial primetime game they had at the end of the year.

  24. miller4prez64 says: Apr 12, 2009 7:48 PM

    The things haven’t changed stuff is bull. Gruden just brought in journeymen QBs on the verge of retirement to save his job instead of investing our future in a young QB. Drafting guys like Chris Simms, Bruce Gradkowski, and Josh Johnson in late rounds isn’t investing crap either.
    The Bucs brought in Leftwich because the plan has always been add a fourth QB for camp. They wanted another arm to battle for the starting job, since neither Griese or Johnson will put up a real fight with McCown. PLUS, this means they don’t have to waste a draft pick on a QB and can focus on other needs and then re-evaluate the QB situation in 2010.

  25. cramjones says: Apr 12, 2009 7:55 PM

    Chris Farley here:
    “Fat guy in a Buc’s coat”

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