After teasing that the Buccaneers were still in the market for a quarterback, the team signed former Los Angeles Rams backup John Wolford.
It appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found their third quarterback to fill out the depth chart.
After the NFL Draft came and went without the Bucs drafting a rookie, general manager Jason Licht mentioned that the team was still looking to add to its quarterback room. It’s a room that’s grown since the beginning of the offseason when Kyle Trask was the only guy left in the wake of Tom Brady’s retirement.
Despite facing a $55 million salary cap conundrum, the Bucs managed to find room to sign Baker Mayfield in free agency. The belief is that he’ll compete with Trask for the starting role but early indications seem to be that he’s the front runner for the job.
Anything can happen, but at the very least Mayfield is in Tampa Bay on a $4.5 million consulting fee to challenge Trask and see if he has what it takes to prove he’s the guy the Bucs can build around. Similarly, Mayfield is hoping that new offensive coordinator Dave Canales can do for him what Canales did for Geno Smith last year with the Seahawks.
So while the Bucs quarterback situation isn’t ideal on paper, there are two potential routes the team can take in which it ends up with a franchise guy. That’s best-case scenario, obviously, but it’s on the table.
It will be a training camp battle that garners more interest than some might expect, but Mayfield and Trask were never going to be the only quarterbacks in the room this year for the Bucs.
Buccaneers sign ex-Rams QB to round round quarterback room
The Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that the team had signed former Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford. It’s a move that was teased earlier this month by Jason Licht when he mentioned the Bucs were still in the market for a quarterback.
While some interpreted that as the team potentially looking at guys like Teddy Bridgewater or Matt Ryan, the Bucs were simply looking for a third-string quarterback who can bring a veteran experience to the quarterback room.
That guy seems to be Wolford.