Buccaneers wasting time and money on QB3 Ryan Griffin

Ryan Griffin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Ryan Griffin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers don’t need quarterback Ryan Griffin.

Jason Licht has been nothing short of spectacular so far this offseason for the Buccaneers. After bringing back all of the starters after winning the Super Bowl last season, it looked like a bad signing wouldn’t come. Unfortunately, Ryan Griffin changes that narrative.

Griffin is not a bad backup quarterback. In fact, he could be a great one. But the fact that we haven’t seen him in a legitimate second role other than once in his career is concerning. The Bucs already have a decent backup in the form of Blaine Gabbert, so two players at this level is confusing.

The issue boils down to need and diversity of skillsets. Tristan Wirfs likely beats Gabbert, Griffin, and Brady in a 40-yard dash, Brady is the only one with a decent arm, and none of the three are younger than 30. The quarterback room needed to get younger this offseason, and Jason Licht has just shot himself in the foot by signing a player that likely won’t suit up at all.

The Buccaneers need more than Ryan Griffin

The idea of spending any amount of money on a third-string quarterback is laughable. If Brady goes down, the season is over. The offense is not Super Bowl ready with Blaine Gabbert at the helm, so why is Ryan Griffin any different? If the Bucs were to a point where Griffin was the starter, there are already some much larger issues at play.

If that contingency were to occur, watching the 31-year old preseason MVP flounder against NFL defenses would be difficult to watch. Most fans would argue that watching a rookie in that spot or anyone with some potential would be far more exciting, and better for the team down the road.

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Griffin definitely deserves a shot somewhere, but that shot won’t come in Tampa. There is still a chance that Jason Licht will take a rookie and then cut Griffin in camp, but this move does nothing to help the Buccaneers now or down the road.

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