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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20 days ago

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

Reply to  lambeau
20 days 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.

20 days ago

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

20 days ago

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

Pete Wood
Reply to  drdneast
20 days ago

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

Reply to  drdneast
20 days ago

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

20 days ago

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

Reply to  fredster
19 days ago

The only picks that are wasted are failed picks.

20 days ago

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

Reply to  KhanRada
20 days 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.