UPDATED: Signing A Vet QB On The Table Now
August 23, 2010 at 12:49pm by Scott • 11 Comments »
Funny how your franchise quarterback fracturing the thumb on his throwing hand changes your perspective on old, washed up vets, eh?
Coach Raheem Morris acknowledged signing a veteran is a possibility.
“I’m going to sit down with (general manager) Mark Dominik and see if that is what we want to do. See how we’re going to attack it,” Morris said. “We’ll talk about that (today) in our meetings.”
The Bears just signed Todd Collins, who was probably the best unsigned quarterback out there. In the article, John Romano suggests Jeff Garcia might break his contract with the UFL. Re-negging on a UFL contract? Holy shit, that might cost Garcia twenty bucks!
Garcia is 40 and has not thrown a pass in the NFL since his final appearance with the Bucs in 2008, but he is familiar with the philosophies of offensive coordinator Greg Olson and he would never be a threat to a healthy Freeman.
And considering Garcia just signed with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, you would have to guess he might be willing to come back to the NFL at the minimum veteran’s salary.
It sounds ridiculous. Garcia is a withered old bitter husk of a man and never enters a team without causing some kind of disruption in the quarterback rotation. When he’s 66 years old (which I think happens next February), he’ll still think he can play in the NFL and should be the starter. Josh Freeman could crush Garcia’s head with his left hand and still wing the football 65 yards with his right, but Garcia will still think he should start.
But what are the other options? Damon Huard? Umm… holy shit, I can’t think of anyone else that isn’t signed right now. So then they either have to wait until cuts come around and take someone else’s castoff, who isn’t going to be any better or more experienced than what the Bucs have now, or they have to trade for someone decent — and make sure it’s someone good enough to play well in a pinch, but not good enough to have realistic aspirations of starting. And with this whole “build through the draft” mentality, it’s hard to imagine the Bucs giving up a draft pick for someone they specifically don’t want to start. So, back to Garcia.
Granted, Freeman is the most entrenched quarterback on any team he’s been on in a while, and surely the Bucs would make it absolutely clear that he is here to carry a clipboard and keep his arm warm just in case every other quarterback option falls dead, and that includes any player on the team who ever played quarterback in high school or college. My god, is he really the best option? Look at that picture up there — he’s barely alive, and that was two years ago. Is this what the quarterback pool has been reduced to? Well, at least there’s one silver lining in all this.
UPDATE: It took Mark Dominik about ten minutes to debunk that theory.
The Bucs will probably bring in another QB for now, and it’s likely to be a younger player, not a long-time vet.
It’s not going to be Jevan Snead, right? The Bucs would be better off signing one of those strippers that shoots ping pong balls out of her twat and trying to cram a football up there. I’m guessing it wouldn’t be all that difficult.