On Tuesday morning, the Bucs announced that they have re-signed free agent backup quarterback Ryan Griffin for his seventh straight year in Tampa Bay. Griffin will slot in as the no. 2 quarterback behind Tom Brady for now, with last year’s 2nd stringer Blaine Gabbert remaining unsigned.

Originally signing with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2014, Griffin lasted a year in New Orleans before being waived. He signed with the Bucs in 2015 and has been with the team ever since, despite appearing in just two games and throwing just four passes. Griffin’s career has been quiet, but he gained notoriety by helping keep Tom Brady upright at the Bucs’ Super Bowl boat parade after the star quarterback had a little too much “avocado tequila”.

It’s unclear at this time what the re-signing of Griffin means for the future of Gabbert, who most expected to return to the team this offseason to backup Brady again. Gabbert stepped in admirably for the second half of a blowout win over Detroit this past season, and has earned praise from GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians for the way he’s grown as a player in Tampa Bay. But Gabbert’s asking price may be a little bit higher than the Bucs are willing to go in an offseason where the cap is tight.

The Bucs have now re-signed 14 of their own free agents this offseason, and one outside free agent in running back Giovani Bernard. Just two key players remain unsigned in Gabbert and WR Antonio Brown, with nine days remaining before the 2021 NFL Draft.

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lambeau
3 months ago

They need Gabbert for reliable backup–this may mean they’re not drafting a QB as I can’t see them carrying four.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  lambeau
3 months ago

I’m actually guessing that with Gabbert golding out for more money, this indicates that he’s not coming back. It seems like the team likely got tired of waiting on him and decided to move on from him and forward with Griffin as the veteran backup for the team.

About time. Griff’s been collecting sizable paychecks as a #3 QB for 6 years. Insane. Even if he never has to see the field, it would be nice knowing that the money he’s being paid might be going to a player who could actually see the field in a worst case scenario.

PissedOffBuc1988
3 months ago

Lmao ryan griffin has played seven years on one team and hasn’t started a game. That’s legendary stuff.

drdneast
3 months ago

Gabbert may be making a McLean Stevenson career decision for himself.

Pete Wood
Reply to  drdneast
3 months ago

For the love of God, please tell me he is not starring in a reboot of Hello Larry.

bucballer
Reply to  drdneast
3 months ago

That’s a funny pop culture reference dr! Could be true too.

fredster
3 months ago

I hope this doesn’t mean Bucs will be now drafting a QB and wasting a pick.

Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
3 months ago

The only picks that are wasted are failed picks.

KhanRada
3 months ago

Ryan Griffin knows the offense. Plus Tom Brady likes him.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  KhanRada
3 months ago

No kidding. You’d like him too if he singlehandedly kept you standing after you blacked out in front of cameras during a boat parade.

toofamiliar17
3 months ago

I’m fine if he’s the primary backup for Brady, so long as he’s cheap. I don’t think he’d be likely to be much if any worse for us over a short stretch of starting than Gabbert would be. And if we have to rely on either of them to take us to a championship, we’re equally up a creek. So yea, Griffin is fine by me. He’s not good, but for his role on the team, I’m more concerned with cost.

Alldaway 2.0
3 months ago

Okay this is odd…unless they think Griff is ready to step up as a #2 this is a surprise.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
3 months ago

My guess is that that’s the case. Just my gut, but I think this became an either/or thing with Gabbert, and Blaine wouldn’t come down on his demands, so we went on and chose Griffin as plan B. Could be wrong, but the vibe all offseason, to me, has been that we were done with Griffin. If that was the case and we reversed course, then it becoming clear that Gabbert wasn’t going to be our solution at backup seems to me to be the most likely development that would change that.

danielob
3 months ago

Glad my man Griff is back, at least he can be Brady’s designated boat driver in our next victory parade on the river.

magoobee
3 months ago

If the Bucs have to use Griffin, they are doomed.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  magoobee
3 months ago

I think we could get by with Griffin for a few games depending on where in the schedule we had to use him. But if Brady goes down for the season, our title hopes are equally as doomed with both Griffin and Gabbert.

Horse
3 months ago

Save the money and use it elsewhere.

plopes808
3 months ago

Griff was signed because he did as well as the Oline did all year keeping TB12 upright during the boat parade. He will be tasked with doing the same next year.

scubog
3 months ago

Let’s not jump to a conclusion here folks. Just because Ryan Griffin signed before Blaine Gabbert it sure doesn’t mean #4 has suddenly elevated himself to be Brady’s backup. There’s no reason to think the 2021 QB group will be any different than last season………yet. Sit tight, “Blaine will Remain” and there will be a fourth or maybe even a fifth QB for Training Camp.

Naplesfan
3 months ago

Strange situation, so many years in the league and only thrown 4 passes.
It is just hard to imagine how much value such an untested player can bring to the table, even as a third stringer.