Many Buccaneers fans are eager for Tampa Bay to bring in a new quarterback to unseat incumbent Mike Glennon in 2014. Tampa Bay did in fact make a roster move. signing former Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka on Monday, but Glennon’s job isn’t likely in jeopardy from the street free agent.
The 6-2, 224-pound QB played his college football for Northwestern and ended his career Kafka throwing for 4,265 yards, 19 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also added 891 yards and 11 touchdowns on 268 carries on the ground during his time under center for the Wildcats.
One of Kafka’s most memorable games actually took place inside Raymond James Stadium where in 2010 Kafka’s Northwestern team faced the Auburn Tigers in the Outback Bowl. Kafka set the all-time Outback Bowl record with 47 completions on 78 passing attempts. He set Northwestern and Outback Bowl records with 532 passing yards on the afternoon but unfortunately also set an Outback Bowl record with five interceptions.
Kafka was selected by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and served primarily as the team’s third-string quarterback. During his time in Philadelphia Kafka appeared in four games and was 11-of-16 for 107 yards and two interceptions. After being released by the Eagles, Kafka spent time briefly with the Patriots and Jaguars.
Kafka isn’t expected to challenge Glennon and many expect the Buccaneers to either sign a veteran free agent or select one in the upcoming May draft. Kafka most likely will compete with Jordan Rodgers for the third-string role.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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