The Buccaneers raised a few eyebrows locally, and around the league on Friday night, with the drafting of a quarterback in the second round when they selected Florida’s Kyle Trask.

Two weeks ago the Bucs only had one quarterback on the roster – Tom Brady – but did re-sign Ryan Griffin recently. After the pick of Trask, an immediate question was, how does Blaine Gabbert fit into the Bucs future plans?

Bucs QB Blaine Gabbert

Bucs QB Blaine Gabbert – Photo by: USA Today

Or does he even fit at all?

Following the conclusion of Friday night’s draft, head coach Bruce Arians answered the question.

Look for Gabbert to be back, possibly even as early as this week, if you read the tea leaves from Arians’ comments.

“I really hope that we can get Blaine done soon and go in and just have normal competition,” Arians said. “Blaine has proven what he can do for us. Hopefully we’ll get that redone soon.”

Gabbert joined the Buccaneers in 2019 as the backup to then starter Jameis Winston. Gabbert suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason that sent him to IR. He re-signed with the Buccaneers again in 2020. Arians had previously coached Gabbert in Arizona and has done nothing but brag on Gabbert so Friday night’s comments weren’t very surprising.

Gabbert was drafted in the first round in 2011 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, playing three season before being released following an injury-riddle 2013 campaign. From there, Gabbert ended up in San Francisco for three seasons. Next the 2017 season with the Cardinals in Arizona and with Arians. Gabbert signed with the Tennessee Titans prior to the 2018 season and started three games in relief of Marcus Mariota. He joined the Buccaneers in 2019 in Dirk Koetter’s last season with Tampa Bay.

Last season Gabbert saw action in four games. He completed 9-of-16 passes for for 143 yards and two touchdowns with not interceptions.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Alldaway 2.0
11 days ago

That isn’t surprising.
Gabbert is going to be the backup once he re-signs.

lambeau
11 days ago

But what if Gabbert is better than Trask?

scubog
Reply to  lambeau
10 days ago

He should be. He’s been in the league long enough.

Captain Sly
11 days ago

The fact that Gabbert is still a free agent is telling. Talented qb’s even backups don’t just sit on the open market this long see; (Brian Hoyer, Brissett, Henne, Keenum, Ty Taylor) all have jobs while Gabbert sits. So BA can talk all he wants about his backup but the open market speaks for itself. Furthermore Last night we drafted Kyle Trask in a premium pick in the 2nd rd that spelled the end to the Blaine Gabbert talk and may have finally ended the Ryan Griffin Show as well.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Captain Sly
11 days ago

Hoyer is a free agent.

aredsoxfan1
11 days ago

Not sure what the team is thinking with two 31 year old back-up QB’s? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

Tony Bo
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
10 days ago

Good backups who act more like half assistants talking through plays with the coaches and other quarterbacks (maybe helping Brady stumble home too). In a pinch also a better player than most rookies coming out of college.

surferdudes
11 days ago

I figured the Bucs would draft a QB. I thought Griff would be the odd man out. Since Gabby remains unsigned, I’m not so sure. No team carries 4 QB’s, and you don’t put a 2nd round one on the P.S.. Trask makes the team because of his draft status. Blaine comes back, Griffin goes.

scubog
Reply to  surferdudes
10 days ago

I suspect that will be the case unless Gabbert gets a better opportunity elsewhere.

surferdudes
11 days ago

It only takes 2 back up QBs to hold up Brady after he wins the S.B., and gets drunk, not 3.

drdneast
Reply to  surferdudes
11 days ago

Best insight yet. If we lose an offensive tackle or DL to an injury this coming season maybe we can slip Trask into the position. We aren’t so good we can waste picks on a position we had no need for instead of picking a solid substitute who would start probably in a year or two. This guy does nothing to help our SB chances this coming season. Jason Licht can b#@w me.

chefboho
Reply to  drdneast
11 days ago

You’ve come off as one bitter man the last few weeks. Hows about you let the year play out before you talk shit about the GM. You know, the one who has crushed the draft the last few years. I’ve always respected your insight and posts, but just because you think it was the wrong pick doesn’t make it a bad selection. calm down and breath oh angry one

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
11 days ago

You’re an asshole, you know that, right?

scubog
Reply to  drdneast
10 days ago

So you think the #64 pick at another position, who is unlikely to win a starting role, would be the difference in winning another championship? This isn’t a Bucs team like those in the past where we were counting on undrafted free agents to help.

fredster
11 days ago

Gabby gets signed and is backup. Trask is long shot to me. Will likely take Griffins spot and be lot cheaper. Bucs just don’t have good track record on drafting any QB in any rd but time will tell.

drdneast
Reply to  fredster
11 days ago

People keep saying Trask will be cheaper but he won’t. Rookie contracts are set. Look and see what a rookie QB chosen in the second round is paid. It is probably more than Gabbert and Griffin’s contracts are combined.

surferdudes
Reply to  drdneast
11 days ago

Actually I like the Trask pick. So far I love the whole draft. Let’s be real, we needed new blood in the QB room. Perfect time to draft this kid with Tom, and this staff. If they picked him at 32, I’d have a problem. Last pick of the 2nd, with two QBs taken right behind him was hitting the sweet spot. Then to draft a solid O lineman next pick. Edge, check, build the trenches, check, future QB? Licht has done a great job so far.

chefboho
Reply to  surferdudes
11 days ago

agreed surfer but as we know, there’s more arm chair GM.s in this league than real ones. Just cant make everyone happy

Runole
Reply to  surferdudes
11 days ago

agree Even many of the draft gurus said Trask was a lesser reach than
Jones at 15. Trask like Jones resembles Brady in style. Unlike QBs taken before him there will be no pressure for him to be starting at all.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
11 days ago

Dude – the #64 pick gets a $5.34M over four years – an average of $1.3M per season. Barely above what Gabbert got last season. Ryan Griffin is under contract in 2021 for $1.15M. Virtually equal, all three of them.

Last edited 11 days ago by Naplesfan
Naplesfan
11 days ago

The Bucs aren’t going to keep four quarterbacks on the final roster, so somebody has to leave. Neither Griffin nor Gabbert are more than halfway decent players, and one of them is now a goner, but at least Gabbert has actual NFL playing experience, whereas Griffin does not. No way that Trask is cut after training camp. Who is the official backup to Brady, no. 2 on the depth chart come opening week? More than likely Gabbert. Not because he is a better talent, because he isn’t. But he has the NFL database built into his brain that Kyle Trask… Read more »