The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a splash trade less than 24 hours into free agency.

PewterReport.com is reporting the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay are close to reaching a deal that will send quarterback Jake Plummer to the Buccaneers.

The Bucs will give the Broncos what is believed to be a fourth-round draft pick in exchange for Plummer.

Plummer is a veteran signal caller that is well versed in the West Coast offense. He got the Broncos off to a 7-4 start last season, but he was benched in favor of rookie Jake Cutler.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Plummer, who entered the league in 1997 with the Arizona Cardinals has completed just 57.1 percent of his career passes for 29,253 yards while tossing 161 touchdowns and 160 interceptions.

Despite his high interception total, Plummer has 136 career starts, and he produced an impressive 40-18 record as Denver’s starter.

Plummer also has good mobility. He’s rushed for 1,851 yards and 17 touchdowns during his pro career.

The Bucs re-signed QB Chris Simms to a two-year contract this offseason, but they made it clear they intended to add a veteran quarterback to their roster.

Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden is looking for a quarterback with clout, and the interesting part about Plummer is there are some glaring similarities between he and Rich Gannon, who was a journeyman quarterback before finding an offense he could thrive in out in Oakland.

Gannon joined the Gruden-led Raiders when he was 33. Plummer recently turned 32. Both quarterbacks are similar in size and have good mobility, which Gruden craves in a signal caller.

Plummer is signed with Denver through the 2009 season, and the Buccaneers inherit his current contract, which calls for him to have a base salary of $5.3 million in 2007.

Should the trade be made official, Tampa Bay would have Plummer, Simms, Luke McCown, Bruce Gradkowski and Bruce Eugene in their stable of quarterbacks.

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