Two days after waiving him from the 53-player roster, the Buccaneers re-signed quarterback Mike Kafka to their practice squad on Wednesday, per the NFL’s transactions.
The 27-year-old Kafka has been under contract to Tampa Bay, whether on the roster or practice squad, for all but a handful of days since February 10. With his knowledge of the Buccaneers’ offense, he is a logical fit behind Josh McCown and Mike Glennon, the only quarterbacks on Tampa Bay’s roster. If the Buccaneers need Kafka — one of 15 quarterbacks on practice squads around the league — he is ready to be promoted at a moment’s notice.
Overall, 25 clubs, including the Buccaneers, have some combination of three readily available quarterbacks, whether it’s three on the roster or two on the roster and one on the practice squad. Fourteen clubs are carrying at least one practice squad passer.
At the moment, five teams — the Patriots, Bengals, Colts, Giants and Rams — have only two available quarterbacks. All five clubs do not carry a practice squad passer, though it’s possible the Rams could re-sign the recently waived Case Keenum. The Bengals (A.J. McCarron) and Rams (Sam Bradford) each have a quarterback on a reserve list. Bradford is on injured reserve with an ACL tear, while McCarron (shoulder) is on the reserve/non-football injury list.
Just two clubs — the Dolphins and Eagles — have four available quarterbacks. The Eagles have three on the roster and one on the practice squad, while the Dolphins have two on the roster and two on the practice squad. The Panthers, Vikings and Chiefs all have four quarterbacks under contract, but all have one passer on season-ending injured reserve.