The Bucs interest – serious, or just kicking tires – of former Chiefs free agent quarterback Nick Foles is over.

Foles, who was originally drafted by the Eagles in 2013, signed back with the team on Monday, after spending last season in Kansas City and with the Rams prior.

QB Nick Foles – Getty Images

Tampa Bay did look into Foles as a potential backup for Jameis Winston, following the departure of backup Mike Glennon last week. Glennon signed a three-year deal with the Bears that will pay him an average of $14.5 million per season.

The Bucs backup situation now reverts back to Ryan Griffin who has been the team’s third string quarterback the last two seasons. While some could assume the Bucs are content with Griffin, or Sean Renfree, the fact the team investigated signing Foles, coupled with the team offering Glennon $7-8 million to return as a backup, make it pretty clear they would like to upgrade their backup position of possible. 

With Foles re-signing with the Eagles, that leaves former Eagles backup Chase Daniel looking for a new home, as the the former Missouri standout has reportedly asked for his release from Philadelphia. The Eagles had been looking to trade Daniel prior to signing Foles, but a deal hasn’t been struck. If Daniel is released, the Bucs could take a look at him, or a handful of the other free agents on the market, like Case Keenum, Christian Ponder or Blaine Gabbert.

Or the Bucs could just hope and pray that Winston, who has never missed a start in college or the NFL due to injury, can make it  another year of 16 regular season games without missing time.  

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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 [email protected]
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5 years ago

The Bucs should be looking at Robert Griffin III as a potential backup.

FLBoyInDallas
FLBoyInDallas
5 years ago

If I’m Licht, I don’t give away a draft pick for Daniel unless it’s a late rounder. Philly is looking for a draft pick but will be forced to release him if no one blinks. If the Bucs don’t sign a guy at least as good as Foles (yes I know he’s an Eagle now) or Daniel then I’m willing to bet they spend a middle to later round pick on a QB in the draft this year. I just don’t think they have confidence in Griffin based on the extreme interest in re-signing Glennon and their interest in Foles.… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  FLBoyInDallas
5 years ago

Yup, FLBoy … a Day 3 draft pick could make sense … or maybe another QB will get cut loose like Chase Daniel, but I don’t see the Bucs trading draft picks.

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Griffin has showed us zero in the last 2 seasons he has been here. In Pre Season games he appeared lost and lacking confidence. He is strictly a practice QB and that’s it.

Keith F
Keith F
5 years ago

I have full confidence the Licht and Keotter will make the best decision for the Bucs just in case Winston goes down.

MudManVA
MudManVA
5 years ago

Yikes, Griffin! We better shower Winston with blessings & protective charms for 2017.

Understand that back-ups are back-ups for a reason, but Griffin…yikes. There are back-ups that give you some chance to win games, but with Griffin there is no chance. hello picking in the top 10 in the 2018 draft.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

What young up and coming QB who sees himself as a starting QB in this league one day wants to come and sit behind Jameis Winston waiting for his chance? Foles had a picture of Winston in his right hand, Carson Wentz in his left hand, looked at both and made his choice! #assimpleasthat

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

Well maybe … but it’s a paycheck and the starter is never more than one play away from being injured.

It’s actually worked out pretty darn well for Mike Glennon, taking his $19M guaranteed salary to the bank and a starting job, all while sitting on the bench behind Jameis.

Brandonges
Brandonges
5 years ago

Unfortunate the Bucs missed out on Foles, but I hope they keep looking for an upgrade at backup. Of the names listed, I like Christian Ponder the best. He may be physically limited to running only a west-coast offense, but he is very intelligent and would be a good presence in the locker room.

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e
5 years ago

Dang, that suck for the top potential CB in the draft, Sidney Jones to tear his achilles at his pro day. They are saying that he could drop two rounds from being a top 20 lock. I wonder if he’d be worth a look in the second round?

arizonajoe
arizonajoe
5 years ago

Christian Ponder or Blaine Gabbert seem to be good choices. No RG3 please. Don’t give up anything to get the backup QB.

MudManVA
MudManVA
5 years ago

Agreed or draft one.

Costa Rica John
Costa Rica John
5 years ago

I would like to see the Bucs get a local kid that’s with the Rams right now. Let’s get Aaron Murray and make him a lifetime backup for Winston. Lots of upside coming off the bench.

plopes808
plopes808
5 years ago

I know this sounds crazy but hear me out on this…Johnny Manziel hired an agent and is looking to get back into the NFL. Yes, he has all kinds of off-field issues but in college he flourished while throwing to Mike Evans. Let’s also not forget that our prized QB also came in with “off-field issues” and has shown no signs of those since coming to Tampa. Perhaps the players and coaches we have will be enough of an influence to keep Johnny off the party scene? No matter who we hire as Winston’s backup, we will be hoping they… Read more »

CDNBUCSFAN
CDNBUCSFAN
5 years ago

Wait for Cleveland to do something stupid, like give up 23 yr old Cody Kessler and then swoop in. In reality, all we need is a guy like Matt McGloin that can basically run an offence in the event that something happens to Jameis. Let’s hope not! Please no Manziel. Maybe by August, Vince Young has shown enough in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (he will have played 6-7 weeks by then) and yearns to return to the NFL. Who knows?

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Not many options out there for back-up QB’s. Let’s see, a date with Rossie O’Donnell, Roseanne Baar, Elizabeth Warren, or Whoopie Goldberg. Hmmmmmm, so many choices.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
5 years ago

Griffin is a unproven player! Bucs should look for a QB who has playing time in NFL But not RG111 he is always hurt! I saw someone say A. Murray that is interesting he was high on some boards before he got hurt. He broke many of if not all of P.Man. records but for some reason has not played much in NFL maybe he just needs a chance.