According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Bucs have re-signed backup QB Blaine Gabbert to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The move brings the Bucs roster total to four quarterbacks as they seek to supply a top tier group of backups behind Tom Brady.

Gabbert’s return has been expected, as head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht remained adamant that Gabbert was still in the team’s plans despite drafting Florida QB Kyle Trask in the second round last weekend. The Bucs also re-signed third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin in mid-April, but never wavered on trying to bring back Gabbert as well.

“I really hope that we can get Blaine done soon and go in and have normal competition,” Arians told media during the draft. “Blaine has proven what he can do for us. So, yeah. Hopefully we can get that done soon.”

Licht has been perhaps the most outspoken advocate of Gabbert among the Bucs’ brass, praising the 31-year old quarterback during his appearance on the Pewter Report Podcast in February.

“First of all, I love his energy,” Licht said about Gabbert on the Pewter Report Podcast. “I’ve really gotten close to Blaine this year just being on the sidelines. He’s a really smart guy but he is one guy, my scouts and I talk about this a lot, he’s just one guy that I love to watch throw every day in practice because he has got a cannon. He’s very accurate with his throws as well and he can just really whistle them in in tight windows. If he had been forced to play – he played in the Detroit game – but if he had been forced to play more I think that he would have really opened a lot of people’s eyes about how talented he is, especially being in the same system for a couple of years.”

Gabbert appeared in four games last season, completing nine of 16 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns. He’ll likely compete with Trask for the No. 2 job, while Griffin’s path to the final roster just became increasingly more difficult.

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Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

Not surprising. He knows the offense the best, has experience, and has the physical tools to push the ball downfield.

Michael76
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

Coach said all along that Blaine was HIS CHOICE as backup, and more than capable of carrying the Team should anything happen to Tom. He also said all along that Blaine would resign…, which is why I was shocked that we wasted a draft for a limp noodle QB that moves like the Statue of Liberty on a windy day. So the question now (if you believe everything from a straight shooter/// coach) … can limpy win QB3 // end up on another squad that wants to know what coach saw in him… or merely gets cut…, before ever ends… Read more »

BeesKnees
1 month ago

So we took Trask in the 2nd to be Qb 3 this year. We could have got depth that would be useful in case of injury. Or we could have taken an additional edge like ossai in case one of him or Tryon didn’t pan out.

Last edited 1 month ago by BeesKnees
Barnz1
Reply to  BeesKnees
1 month ago

Yes I wouldn’t have taken Trask as many others wouldn’t it seems. Plenty of good OL, DL or a few CB who could’ve improved the roster But it is what it is I guess. You would hope Trask can at least beat out Gabbert for no.2

Last edited 1 month ago by Barnz1
drdneast
Reply to  Barnz1
1 month ago

Hard to believe that in the second round there wasn’t one OL or DL or ILB than our backups as Licht maintains.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  BeesKnees
1 month ago

With a 17 game regular season schedule depth is probably going to be more important. And with the Bucs emphasis on ST Bucs could have used that pick to shore up ST while adding a player with more starter upside in the 2nd round. Trask seems destined to be the #3 QB for a bit.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alldaway 2.0
Michael76
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

But Trask will go down as a HOF level chart holder… the posters have already proclaimed his success

drdneast
Reply to  BeesKnees
1 month ago

I concur. The pick for Trask was a waste.

plopes808
Reply to  BeesKnees
1 month ago

Everyone hates the Trask pick and I just don’t get it. We were drafting depth anyway so it’s not like we picked him instead of something we needed. ST was the only need and was addressed with all the other picks. I for one feel much more comfortable with our young QB learning under TB12 for 2 years b4 having any pressure to start. Much better scenario than drafting one next year or the following year and throwing him to the wolves right off the bat with no tutelege from the GOAT. Let’s not forget, TB could walk after this… Read more »

Michael76
Reply to  plopes808
1 month ago

Horseshit… only Brady and in Madden’s games a world exists which allow people to maintain their athletic ability until they’re 95…. I love JPP, but fully aware that he participated in one more practice than I did… and the only reason Suh doesn’t have his sons playing along side of him, is he was married later in life. Nixon was mocked to the bucs by several people, including a contributor to PR. HE WENT IN THE FOURTH ROUND AS HES GOT LOTS OF POTENTIAL.., but requires some growth….. sounds like something we THOUGHT the Bucs were looking for. BUT I… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  plopes808
1 month ago

“Everyone” is just a handful of haters amongst PR commenters. Most Bucs fans are just fine with the Trask pick.

Michael76
Reply to  BeesKnees
1 month ago

Do you honestly think he could beat Griff for QB3, or just think that rather than admit we TOTALLY WASTED A SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICK… we’ll hold onto Limpy long enough to conclude that he’s garbage?

Barnz1
1 month ago

Gabbert earned 1mil last season. So not only did we bring him back but he got a raise. That is some Bruce Arians loyalty right there lol. The Bucs already had money problems so given it’s not a vet min deal it could cause cap implications elsewhere

Edit: Only 2.5mil if he hits incentives apparently. Makes more sense.

Last edited 1 month ago by Barnz1
Michael76
Reply to  Barnz1
1 month ago

Bucs have a great team… and an EXCELLENT “accountant/cap controller

fredster
1 month ago

Of course they signed him Trask isn’t the answer short term and long term is very questionable as well. Time will tell.

Joseph
1 month ago

Lmao wow I have no words

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Joseph
1 month ago

Here, let me help you. Trask is going to probably be the third stringer the next two seasons.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alldaway 2.0
Joseph
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

Gabbert is our long term answer he can really spin it lol life is hilarious

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Joseph
1 month ago

Gabbert is fine as a bridge QB. The problem with Trask is I have a hard time projecting him as the future starting QB long term or even as a bridge QB. Ask me again in 2 years but my instincts tell me the Bucs are drafting another QB in 2023 IMVHO.

Joseph
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

That’s the problem with the trask pick with alot of people. Would have been nice to have drafted Ifeatu Melifonwu there to challenge smb. If they were in love with the trask pick so much that they mentioned possibly drafting him in the first then how do you not see him as qb2 if you didn’t see him as that then why draft him at all

Michael76
Reply to  Joseph
1 month ago

Trask probably would have been there Sunday…. and no one would have had an issue.. I kinda feel bad for him. Someone needs to tell him to spend his money wisely

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

The only bridge Gabbert will help with is the bridge to the #1 pick in the draft.

Michael76
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

Ironically Trask even looks like our Ford used car salesman… and I truly believe he has the confidence to do it!

drdneast
Reply to  Joseph
1 month ago

Trask could be the second coming of Tom Brady but for the next two years he will do nothing to help this team win a Super Bowl. For that reason he is a bad pick. The future is now.

drdneast
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

I’m sure that means Trask will be making significant contributions for our SB runs the next two year.

Michael76
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

And then get into selling cars

drdneast
Reply to  Michael76
1 month ago

Geesh. I have been taking a verbal whipping for the last few days for saying the emperor has no clothes by all the little Gatorites who have as voracious a cult as Trump.
Glad to see there are other people out there who think with reason instead of all these rah rah college alumni types.

GoldsonAges
1 month ago

I dont like Gabbert. NFL people have overvalued him since his pro day. Yeah, he can spin it, he has a cannon, etc. but Ryan Griffen has looked better when he’s gotten on the actual football field. On the actual football field Gabbert is TERRIBLE and always has been.

drdneast
Reply to  GoldsonAges
1 month ago

On the actual playing field Griffen has thrown four passes and completed two. That is quite the body of work to make your determination.

Michael76
Reply to  GoldsonAges
1 month ago

Let’s exchange phone numbers… I will humbly apologize and call you Lord Goldenages if “Limp Noodle” plays a full game …you’ll call and say your a moron if Trask is gone before Brady

Dave
Reply to  GoldsonAges
1 month ago

I call it Jeff George syndrome lol. His rocket arm, and laser throws downfield, got Jeff George drafted 1st overall in 1990. And even though it was apparent pretty early on that he was a bust, he kept hanging around the league and getting signed by team after team. All because of that “beautiful arm of his” lol. If a great strong arm was the #1 reason to draft a QB, and or resign/play a QB, the landscape of NFL history would look totally different. Starting with Bledsoe getting his job back in 2002. If you don’t have it upstairs,… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Dave
drdneast
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

George was lazy and never worked at his craft. Always thought he could out athletic his way in the NFL. Much like Josh Freeman.
The opposite is probably true of Trask. He will probably outwork himself because he has less physical tools. It will all end up the same way.

Dave
Reply to  drdneast
1 month ago

Very true. Gabbert like George, was always told he would be a star, and then realized he needed to actually work his ass off to be a star. And here we are….he’s not a star. But agree on Trask. He’ll work his butt off. No doubt about that. People with less physical gifts always have to work harder. Some of them are future HOF’ers(Brady, Brees, Wilson)

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Dude
1 month ago

I don’t know much about Trask other than he throws like a right-handed Tim Tebow. With that said, I completely understand why the Bucs took a QB early in this draft. For one, you have all your starters back and many backups to a Superbowl winning team, with 6 more picks to fill backup positions. It will be hard for any rookie to step in and start this year, let alone make the team. So you have draft capital to spend, this is the year that you can grab a QB and not worry too much about needing that pick… Read more »

drdneast
Reply to  Dude
1 month ago

Close but no cigar. Still a pretty stupid pick. The future is now for the Bucs. Throwing a No.2 away on a player who you hope and pray won’t see the field for two years is just plain moronic. The future is now. If you don’t believe me, ask Arron Rogers.

Michael76
Reply to  Dude
1 month ago

Check trade value… including what they could have acquired next year…. we could have had two first round picks, with one of them Not at the 32nd spot

Horse
1 month ago

It’s amazing how some fans treat Gabbert like he is a secret gem of a QB while the rest of the NFL, and especially several teams who still need serious QB Backups, haven”t jumped up and signed this gem? I wonder what is stopping them?

Michael76
Reply to  Horse
1 month ago

Do you believe what the coach says? He’s Gabby’s biggest supporter

Naplesfan
Reply to  Horse
1 month ago

I trust the judgment of Licht and Arians in this and all other matters, given that they produced only the second Bucs Super Bowl championship in franchise history. But Gabbert has never really played very well in the NFL, so I have to admit that they must see something I don’t see. Which is not hard to understand – they’re the pros and I’m just a fan.

plopes808
1 month ago

Looks like Griff’s time is up…Gabbert and Trask will be competing for the QB2 spot and the loser will keep TB12 standing at the Super Bowl party

drdneast
Reply to  plopes808
1 month ago

I like Griff but I’m not feeling sorry for him. He has become a millionaire and didn;t legitimately work a full day in his NFL life. Not a bad gig.

The Freeman
1 month ago

wasting cap space on a QB that no other team want for more than vet minimum…
in any other team he may ends at 3 on the depth chart.
Gabbert has no leverage and you give him $2.5M, that’s crazy and a complete non-sense after picking another backup QB in the 2nd round.

Michael76
Reply to  The Freeman
1 month ago

Lazy SOB… go back and read what Coach Adrian has said about Gabbert. Him I trust, backed by Jason’s comments which replicated Gabby’s value//insurance to the team

GrayBalls
Reply to  Michael76
1 month ago

Coach Adrian? How are you gonna call somebody else lazy and not even take the time to spell the HC’s name right? SMDH

drdneast
Reply to  GrayBalls
1 month ago

LOL. Point made!

COBRAHD
1 month ago

Trask is a “good” quarterback. Unfortunately with the new NFL and the competition we have going up against the Mahomes and the Kyler Murray’s out there, I think we needed MORE….like a Davis Mills from Stanford..but what do I know?? GO BUCS!!

LIBucsFan93
1 month ago

Pretty much everyone here lauded the Winston pick and we all know how that turned out. Licht and Arians saw the Draft Board and took the player they wanted. If they had waited Trask, Mond and Mills wouldn’t have been there at the end of round 3. The only other QB’s selected after round 3 were Ian Book and Sam Ehlinger. Neither of those guys beat out Ryan Griffin or challenge Blaine Gabbert. Give the Trask Hate a rest already.

Dave
Reply to  LIBucsFan93
1 month ago

100% true dude. In fact, if we picked 10 picks later, we wouldn’t have ended up with a QB. Licht started the run on the 2nd tier QB’s. Trask went 64th, then Mond 66th, and Mills 67th. So as far as drafting Trask, Licht played that one perfectly!

Joseph
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

If licht would have waited and not drafted a qb at all I think that would have been the perfect move.

warren
1 month ago

So many are asserting that Trask was a wasted 2nd round pick, but none of us know that for sure. And does anyone remember when the Bucs moved UP in the 2nd round to pick a kicker who barely lasted through preseason?! The Bucs recovered from that & with the recent years’ picks I’ll give Licht a pass on this one.