Bucs sign Bryon Leftwich

Apr 12, 2009

It’s almost like Chucky never left Tampa as the Bucs added another QB to the mix.  According to ESPN’s Michael Smith, the seven-year QB signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay. 

Leftwich appeared in five games with Pittsburgh last year registering a 104.3 passer rating.  He completed 21 of 36 passes (58.3%) for 303 yards.  He had a pair of TD strikes without an INT.  He has a career passer rating of 80.3, and has completed 842 of 1438 attempts (58.6%) with 54 TDs and 38 INTs.  He has added 378 yards and 9 TDs on the ground.

Leftwich will compete for the starting job along with Josh McCown, Brian Griese, and Josh Johnson.  Many draft experts were predicting that the Bucs would draft a QB (namely Kansas State’s Josh Freeman) with the 19th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.  My guess is they’ll look to add a top LB to replace Derrick Brooks, who they released earlier this year.

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry
    April 12th, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    This “Could” turn out to be a great signing. If Byron can stay healthy he can be very good. One thing we know is that he has tremendous hearty and teammates will play hard for him,

  2. LestersLegends
    April 12th, 2009 at 6:52 pm #


  3. David Funk
    April 12th, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    I agree with Larry, too. Leftwich can be an effective quarterback when healthy. I will say that I also agree that the Bucs most like will go with a replacement for Brooks in the first round, too.

  4. LestersLegends
    April 12th, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    agree david

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    April 13th, 2009 at 6:01 am #

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  6. hdpeters
    July 24th, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Hope that the OL can protect Bryon or injuries may plague him as he is not very mobile.

  7. LestersLegends
    July 24th, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    Agree though I’m leaning toward McCown starting

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