The Buccaneers have made a lot of decisions over the years that are hard for fans to wrap their heads around. Paying Ryan Griffin for this long might be the top one.
What do the Buccaneers legitimately get out of the arrangement that has kept Griffin on the team since 2015 with absolutely no upside as a player on a 53-man roster?
The Griffin story was fun at first. The preseason guy that played well every year and tricked some fans into thinking he could actually be a guy in Tampa as he scored touchdowns against nobodies was always just that. Griffin was never going to be a fit regardless of how good he looking in meaningless games in the preseason, yet the Bucs keep on making the mistake of paying him.
Seriously, how long can you pay someone before you start to ask yourself “why is he getting this money if he is never going to be the quarterback of the Buccaneers?”
Kyle Trask has a brighter future, Blaine Gabbert has a brighter future, and heck, even minicamp member Aqeel Glass of Texas A&M brings more as a practice squad player.
We get the idea of rewarding players that have been with the team and liking the help that a veteran like Griffin brings on the practice squad, but it is time to move on. The Bucs need more from the role, even if that quarterback is rarely ever going to turn into anything.
Paying Ryan Griffin for as long as the Bucs have with no end in sight doesn’t make sense. The fit isn’t there. The upside isn’t there. The Buccaneers need a change. Bring in someone to that role that actually has a slightly different skillset.
I promise there are better options out there than Ryan Griffin.
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