The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday what PewterReport.com reported on Sunday – that quarterback Blaine Gabbert had been signed to a one-year deal. Gabbert will compete with Ryan Griffin to be the backup quarterback behind starter Jameis Winston.

New Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, who coached Gabbert in Arizona in 2017, spoke about the former first-rounder out of Missouri and Griffin at the Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Owners Meeting.

“We watched every practice, [Griffin] was the scout team quarterback and we really liked what we saw but the game tape isn’t there,” Arians said. “So it was, let’s find a guy with game tape and let him compete. Blaine has been in this offense. I love him. We go to a workout and he’s probably going to shine more than anyone in this draft or last year’s draft because of his talent. He won some critical games between Tennessee and Jacksonville [and Arizona]. It’s an open competition, but it’s probably not.

QB Blaine Gabbert
QB Blaine Gabbert – Photo by: Getty Images

“Blaine was our third [in Arizona], and he was starting but we were winning. You just have to do what that kid does best to win this game. Drew Stanton was, I think, 10-6 or something as a starter for us, because we did what he does best. We didn’t do what Carson does best – we did what Drew does best. Blaine is active and he can move, so we’ll do the things he can do, and if Griff’s our guy, we’ll do what he does best. He can’t do what Jameis does, so don’t ask him to.”

Gabbert, a former first-round draft pick in Jacksonville in 2011, spent last year with the Tennessee Titans, and the year before that in Arizona with Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, who was the Cardinals quarterbacks coach at the time. Gabbert also spent time with San Francisco from 2014-16.

The 29-year old Gabbert has completed 842-of-1,498 passes (56.2 percent) for 9,603 yards with 48 touchdowns and 47 interceptions in his eight-year career. His best season came with the 49ers in 2015 when he started eight games and went 3-5 while completing 63.1 percent of his passes for 2,031 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Gabbert was signed as by Arizona to be the third-string quarterback during the 2017 season and started five games after the Cardinals lost Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton to injuries down the stretch. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Gabbert was 2-3 as a starter and completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions.

Gabbert was 2-1 as a starter last year in Tennessee, while completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 626 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Buc-Ass-Bob has a new hero! Introducing Blaine Gabbert!

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    • No need to stoke the flame of D-A-B big sombrero. It burns eternal.

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  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick rating 100.4
    BLAINE Gabbart rated 74.4 last 2 years . This is consistent with replacing high-priced good players with crap nobody else on Pewter Report seems to give a damn replace good players that make too much money with backups from other teams all because you think Bruce Arians is going to coach them up. No one can be happy about this other than Jameis Winston don’t want to a good quarterback as a backup as it might. pressure on him. Cause a controversy like last year when half the team thought Ryan Fitzpatrick should be starting instead of the bust.

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  3. Lol BucAssBob. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a career backup.

    His week 2 press conference after the Philly game was legendary. That’s where the fun ended.

    Pittsburgh on MNF in week 3 was a first half disaster that he took full responsible for. He made a solid effort to come back in the second half, only to shoot himself in the foot at the end with 3 awful passes on the last drive and going 3 and out. Chicago the next week was even worse. He couldn’t hit water if he was in a boat, while Trubisky had 5 passing TD’s in the first half.

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  4. I guess that’s why Miami is going to pay him $8000000 to start for them no one in their right mind can compare Blaine Gabbert to Ryan Fitzpatrick who’s going to win the f—ing two games a year for the Bucs now????????
    . You dumbass people act like I’m picking on the Patriots organization I’m picking on the last place team consistently

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  5. Dolphins paying $8m for a career backup to help the QB they will inevitable draft in a month? Seems about right. Next year Winston might be getting $25m/yr, which is what real QBs make. Lol

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  6. “Never argue with an Idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience…” – George Carlin

    It doesn’t serve any purpose to argue with a Troll like Bob…

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  7. Hey, bob is a troll but he’s our pewter troll lol.

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  8. Only Bucs fans would complain about signing a backup who has thrown for nearly 10,000 career yards to replace our other backup QB who has thrown for… checks stats… ZERO career yards

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  9. Ok – breathe – this guy isn’t even going to make our roster. But, at some point do I get 1 upgrade to last year’s team to hang an ounce of hope on that we’ll be the slightest bit better than the last two years? We’ve lost several starters from those teams – particularly Kwon and Hump (and even DJax, and maybe Curry were regulars) – added a few maybe Special teamers (maybe)…we’re now hearing whispers of trading GMC…how is this adding up to a better roster?????????????????????????? That better be some amazing draft coming up.

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  10. With each new addition, it appears GMC is out.

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  11. It’s always amazed me how guys like Gabbert who were so highly regarded coming out of college can fail so miserably. It’s not physical because those types can certainly “spin it”. Perhaps Dr. Phil can tell us.

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  12. Buc-Ass-Bob-you are just a negative person who likes to wallow in misery. I really feel bad for you.

    EastEndBoy-its addition by subtraction. The core is in tact. This is now about adding complementary pieces. This year’s draft along with the following wave of trades/free agency will bring in additional players. Additionally, the number of 1yr deals this year will free up significant cap space for next year to really boost or core of players.

    Let this thing play out. The will of a Man can move mountains!

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  13. I looked up Gabbert’s two recent stops.

    Decent spot starter but he need a running game for him to unleash his style of play.

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  14. Fitz had a better completion % then Winston and wasn’t Fitz more accurate with the long ball ?(ask Djax) Winston was rated WAY BELOW EVEN AVERAGE by the nfl last year so is the 5th year when Winston shows why he was a NUMBER 1 pk in the draft???

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