By Wolf Heard
By Kyle Smith
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found their backup quarterback for the upcoming 2013-2014 NFL season… And it turns out to be the same second-stringer they had last year and released last week, Dan Orlovsky.
The Buccaneers have agreed in principle to quarterback Dan Orlovsky, Bucs Nation reports. The former University of Connecticut quarterback suited up for the Buccaneers last year, but he was then cut by his former team on April 4th. The reason for Orlvosky being released four days ago seems to be a purely financial move, as the Buccaneers wanted to restructure his contract in order to create cap space for a potential trade with the New York Jets for cornerback Darrelle Revis. However, the team has not formally given a reason for Orlovsky’s release last week.
Orlovsky signed a contract last season with the Buccaneers, and the details of that contract consisted of a 2 year, 2.5 million dollar deal. If the 29-year old quarterback hadn’t been released last week, his contract would have cost the Bucs 1.5 million dollars against the cap. The terms of Orvlosky’s new contract has not been determined yet by the NFC South franchise. Just recently, head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik endorsed current starting QB Josh Freeman as a leader of the offense that can lead the Bucs to the Super Bowl. If anything, re-signing Orlovsky seems to be a move to solidify the quarterback depth chart with a veteran, and it is also a way to create cap room for signing more key free agents or trading for an elite player like Darrelle Revis.Read more... Join the Conversation...
By Amanda Pattison
The Buccaneers recently released quarterback Dan Orlovsky and running back D.J. Ware. Orlovksy who was picked up as a free agent during the 2012 offseason, played in only one game last year. He completed four of seven passes for 51 yards.
Ware was also a free agent that was picked up last offseason, with 51 rushing yards and 14 catches for 100 yards last season. There is no real need to keep him on the team any longer after the Bucs signed free agent Brian Leonard earlier in the week. Leonard is a strong pass catcher who is more than capable of taking Ware’s spot.
The team has been looking good with their current quarterback Josh Freeman, coming off a record-breaking season in which he threw 27 touchdowns with a combined 4,065 yards. However it seems that he had been struggling in the team’s last three games where he threw a total of nine interceptions. Freeman's end-of-season troubles may mean that head coach, Greg Schiano, will be looking for another back up quarterback as a safety net.Read more... Join the Conversation...
By Kyle Smith
Tyrann Mathieu, the former All-American cornerback and Heisman Trophy finalist at Louisiana State University, may be playing cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season. Mathieu, otherwise known as the "Honey Badger" due to his stupendous but sometimes careless and reckless defensive back play, worked out at a local college near Tampa, Walter Football reports. What does this mean for the Bucs and their franchise? It could mean a lot, or it could mean very little. The report from Walter Football mentions 13 other NFL teams interested in the talented cornerback, and Mathieu engaged in the same private workouts he did for the Bucs on Wednesday.Aquib Talib comes to mind, as the former first round pick had a lot of talent to bring to the table for the Buccaneers, but he was a man who never learned from his previous mistakes and kept having problems with the law. Talib reportedly told teams at the NFL Combine that he tested positive for marijuana on three different occasions during his tenure at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, and he also had problems with the law when he was a high school football star. The Buccaneers knew about Talib’s previous problems with keeping out of trouble, and they drafted him anyway. Did they get a considerable return on their investment? Absolutely not. Talib never made a single Pro Bowl, continued his tradition of being on the wrong side of the law, and the Bucs eventually traded him to the New England Patriots.Read more... Join the Conversation...
By Amanda Pattison
The Buccaneers added 29-year-old running back Brian Leonard to their roster on today, signing him to a one-year deal. Leonard has been a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals for the last four seasons but also helped out the team as a full back, tight end, and wide receiver. He is Cincinnati’s sixth free agent that they have lost during this offseason.
Brian Leonard was a second round pick for the St. Louis Rams in 2007 after a very successful college career at Rutgers. He was ranked fourth all-time in rushing touchdowns with 32 all together, fourth all-time leading rusher with 2,775 yards, sixth all-time in receiving yards with 1,864, and second all-time in all-purpose yards with 4,639.
Leonard has played 71 NFL games and has run the ball 174 times for 646 yards with no touchdowns. Because of his many roles on the Bengals, he has also caught 113 passes for 814 yards and completed one touchdown. Leonard was coached by current Bucs head coach Greg Schiano during his successful college career at Rutgers, this familiarity and the player's versatility could be very beneficial to the team's offense.Read more... Join the Conversation...