In perhaps the biggest free-agent quarterback move of the offseason, Blaine Gabbert has re-signed with the Buccaneers to back up some guy named Tom Brady. Gabbert, of course, spent the 2019 season with the Bucs albeit mostly on injured reserve. He will now return with Ryan Griffin to fill out the quarterback room. At least for the time being.
Source: Tom Brady has his backup. Blaine Gabbert is going back to the #Bucs on a 1-year deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2020
A former first-round pick, Gabbert has been relegated to back up duty after starting 24 games in his first two seasons in the league with Jacksonville. Since leaving the Jaguars, he spent time with the 49ers and Titans as well as a one-year stint in Arizona in 2017 with then-head coach Bruce Arians.
Naturally, he will likely never see the field outside of kneel-downs and handoffs late in the game. Since taking over the starting job in Week 3 of the 2001 season, Brady has missed just 15 games due to injury with all those games coming during the 2008 season when he suffered a torn ACL in the first half of the season opener against the Chiefs. Even at his advanced age, Brady rarely takes snaps off. That is probably not going to change considering he still threw the ball over 600 times last season with the Patriots.
At this point, a change in the quarterback room will likely only come through the draft. The Buccaneers don’t have to draft a quarterback this year but it doesn’t mean they won’t if the opportunity presents itself. Expect this to be the quarterback trio to start the season.
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