The Buccaneers knew they would need a veteran backup last week as, Mike Glennon cashed in on a big free agent deal with the Bears.
Then, as we wrote here, former Eagles and Rams starter Nick Foles had been a candidate to sub for Jameis Winston.
Now we learn this morning he’s off the market:
Nick Foles heading back to Eagles on two-year deal https://t.co/agfG6s8Nol
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2017
The Bucs have tendered a two year offer to Ryan Griffin, who’s been in the fold working in Dirk Koetter’s offense the last two seasons. They also signed Sean Renfree to a non-guaranteed one year deal. So, he is an option.
However, it’s very likely Tampa Bay will continue the search for a proven veteran (not unlike Foles), who has started games elsewhere and won’t cost a bunch.
Rams on and off starter Case Keenum fits that bill. The Buccaneers know first hand that he can play, as Keenum won both of his head to head starts against the Bucs the last two seasons. L.A. benched Keenum in the second half of the season in favor of #1 pick Jared Goff.
Also, an intriguing name is veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick late of the Jets. While his soap opera of wanting to start in New York last season led to him only being signed at the eleventh hour in August, he is a proven starter in New York, Buffalo and Houston.
Fitzpatrick may be more costly than Keenum (he made $12 million in 2016), but he may now be of the mindset at his age to: take less, come in and assist/mentor Winston, and be part of a playoff contending team and play if needed.
Oh, and the Buccaneers do host the….Jets at Raymond James Stadium this fall.
In any event, the Bucs backup search rolls on today.