With the big quarterback names starting to come off the market, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still have work to do to solidify the position even if the team plans to hand the offense over to Kyle Trask. Despite the continuous praise of Trask, the Bucs hinted that the team wants to create a quarterback competition which means Tampa Bay still needs to make another significant addition at the position.
Trask remains the only quarterback on the Buccaneers roster, but the franchise faces a challenge given the team is more than $57 million above the salary cap. Following the recent signings of Derek Carr and Geno Smith, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin put together projections for quarterback-needy teams and has the Bucs signing Eagles free-agent Gardner Minshew.
The veteran has served as the Philadelphia backup behind Jalen Hurts over the last two seasons throwing for 1,102 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 62.5% of his passes in nine appearances. Minshew would offer the Buccaneers two key advantages: experience and a team-friendly salary. The quarterback has started 24 games during his four-year NFL career spending two seasons as the Jaguars QB1 prior to joining the Eagles.
During his first two years in Jacksonville, Minshew proved to be a threat with his legs. Minshew rushed for 344 yards during 14 appearances in his rookie seasons in 2019. The quarterback also has the ability to use his legs in order to create passing opportunities in the offense.
Despite a standout senior season at Washington State, Minshew dropped to the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft. Minshew threw for 4,779 yards, 38 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 70.7% of his passes during his final collegiate season with the Cougars.
The Buccaneers Want to Create a Quarterback Competition With Kyle Trask
The Buccaneers are stopping short of promising the starting job to Trask, but the team is assuring the former Gators standout that he will have an “opportunity” to win the gig. Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht admitted that the Bucs want to create a quarterback competition between Trask and a signal-caller to be named later.
“You have to give everybody competition,” Licht said during his February 28 press conference at the NFL Combine. “He’s [Trask] the only quarterback on our roster …read more