Bucs Make A Move At Backup QB

March 9th, 2017

No. 4 is in play.

Yes, only the most freakish Bucs fans would recognize third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin if he were next to them at Hooters. 

But now Griffin is the guy the Bucs will turn to, most likely, if America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, gets banged up.

Per Adam Caplan of BSPN, your Bucs have made a move to re-sign their third-string quarterback and set him up with a multi-year deal. For now, Griffin was slapped with what’s known as a low restricted free agent tender. He’ll earn $1.8 million this year if he agrees.

Griffin has been holding a clipboard for two full seasons as a third-stringer after performing the same task with the Saints.

Joe would be a bit surprised if the Bucs don’t look for a more established backup, as in a guy who has thrown passes in the NFL. (See the 2016 Raiders).

After all, Jason Licht was trying to make Mike Glennon the most expensive backup QB in football. If the Bucs roll with Griffin, they will have downgraded the backup QB position, unless he turns out to be a secret stud.

Stay healthy, Jameis!

41 Responses to “Bucs Make A Move At Backup QB”

  1. Stanglassman Says:

    I guess they didn’t have interest in the Jonny Football come back. I thought maybe because Jason seemed to have interest coming out and the ME connection.

  2. Bucsfanman Says:

    Keep looking Bucs! Retaining Griffin makes sense in terms of play-book knowledge but the guy has no experience on the field.
    As tmax says, we need UPgrades, not downgrades!

  3. feelthepewterpower Says:

    No thanks on the Manziel distraction LOL!

  4. Sunny Says:

    Maybe a late round draft pick will set us up for the next couple of years , Glennon was a 3rd pick

  5. NJBucsFan Says:


  6. unbelievable Says:



  7. Xandtar Says:

    This locks him down until training camp and makes our search in free agency for another possible #2/ TC body a lot easier, we don’t look desperate.

    Or, the kid is really that good and is ready to step up, who the heck knows?

  8. celly Says:

    Griffin was hand selected by our current head coach.

    I think we’ll draft a late round prospect and then roll with those 3.

    Whatever we do, i trust Licht/Koetter.

  9. BuccoDav Says:

    What does it matter? Joe’s been telling us for 2 years now that if Jameis goes down, the season is over. Why even take up a roster spot with a backup QB?

  10. rhenry Says:

    Hey Joe, what compensation, if any will the bucs receive if Glennon signs that bear offer?

  11. celly Says:


    I can answer that for you: NONE

    comp picks are awarded based on how many FA you lose vs how many you sign.

    contract and playing time also factor in somewhat, but the primary reasons are LostFA vs SignedFA

  12. MarineBucsFan Says:

    Hey rhenry, that’s what I’ve been wondering.

    From what these knowledgeable fans here on JBF has been saying it doesn’t seem we would rate anything (compensatory pick) in return for Glennon. I’m just hoping that when the NFL starts determining who to send Comp picks out the Bucs are in the discussion. Maybe we get lucky. This is a deep draft, I would take a 4th rounder and be extremely excited.

  13. celly Says:


    Even if the Bucs did get a comp pick for Glennon (again, we likely won’t), it wouldn’t come this year anyway.

    Comp picks are awarded in the following year; so if we did get one, it wouldn’t be until the 2018 draft.

    How Compensatory Picks Work

  14. Eric Says:

    Josh Freeman is still looking for work…..

  15. MarineBucsFan Says:

    Thanks Celly, I believe you bro.

  16. Mudslide68 Says:

    Preseason is preseason, but he’s always looked bad. Ive been waiting for Griffin to show me why they like him… Still waiting.

  17. bucs_365 Says:

    Queue up the Gator fans start screaming “Sign Tebow!” Hahahahahahaha…

  18. JonBuc Says:

    Thank God for da Bears and their bidding against themselves…or the Bucs at 8 million per…the legend of Mike Glennon coming up roses continues…

  19. RawBucFan Says:

    Nick Foles.

  20. Tom Edrington Says:

    This signing is very comforting.

  21. DBS Says:

    Remember what the coach said? “Competition at all positions”. He will push and make Winston better! LMFAO!

  22. Pickgrin Says:

    This was the plan the whole time. They used up an extra roster spot for 2 entire years in order to hang onto Griffin. That’s no small investment.

    And it is possible to get a Comp pick for Glennon. Perhaps even as high as a 3rd or 4th rounder considering the $ he’s alleged to be signing for.

    Licht can go light in free agency in order to earn us that comp pick. And don’t think he isn’t aware of this and planning to act accordingly. Sign DJax and maybe only a couple of other outside free agents. Let players like Akeem Spence, Joe Hawley, Russell Shepard and Glennon sign with other teams – and we just might get that decent comp pick for Glennon.

  23. DB55 Says:

    Call Mike Vick please. Yea I said it!!!!!

  24. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Bring back the Fro!!!!

  25. Tom S. Says:

    1. I hope Joe does a post regarding the Bears giving Glennon 15 million a year. Joe loves ex-Bucs and follows them often, so not covering that would be a counter to how Joe normally does business.

    2. I hope the image of said post about Glennon getting 15 mil a year has a giant crow on a plate with a fork and knife. Tell me GM Joe, how many time did you proclaim that any talk of a big deal for the Gazelle was hogwash? What was your prediction of his salary again?

  26. Tom S. Says:

    Giraffe* sorry got my animals confused.

  27. DBS Says:

    We do have to give Joe credit. Even if a couple teams did kick the tires, he did always say ” It only takes one”.

  28. tnew Says:

    my issue is that I have a hard time believing a team would be willing to take on that contract but we couldn’t have found a 3rd or 4th round pick for last years draft.

  29. Tom S. Says:

    Oh I firmly believe a team would have offered a mid round pick for Glennon. But Licht didn’t want to see Jameis go down and have to rely on a guy who’s never thrown an NFL pass to keep them in any playoff hunt since he already has one very, very bad year on his resume.

    Trading Glennon would have a good long-poor short term move. Licht thought short term.

  30. Marcus Williams Says:

    We need legit #2 to throw the ball to my hometown homie Mike Eavens and to the new member of BucNation D.Jackson and he’s nt it…BucNation

  31. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Your post is confusing. Are u saying DJAX is NOT a legit #2?

  32. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Or that Ryan Griffin isn’t a legit QB?

  33. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    I’m waiting for the Glennon to the Bears/$14.5M each of 3 years deal thread. Until then…I’m glad that the Bucs will likely keep Griffin around, but I’m hoping they sign an aging vet that’s capable of filling in if Jameis gets hurt.

  34. TarzanTheBucsFan Says:

    Honestly i was hoping we draft a qb late rounds say 6th or 7th and develop him. Maybe Brad Kaaya

  35. Tom S. Says:

    @Mike Evans GOAT, No one knows if Griffin is a legit QB because he’s never thrown a regular season NFL pass.

    Even if he’s passable you know what you’re getting with Glennon and you have no idea how a spot start or two with Griffin is going to pan out. If you’re fighting for a playoff spot and Winston goes down with an ankle injury how valuable was it to have a baby giraffe to run around? Apparently very.

  36. Poor Glennon Says:

    After watch Griffin throw 2 passes. I had doubts about him ever seeing a snap in the NFL. Danny Whurfel

  37. The Buc Realist Says:

    Now Joe will get his wish, If JW3 gets injured for a short amount of time, the whole season will go down the drain!!!!!

  38. Bucamania Says:

    Still laughing at the Bears for that Glennon deal lol

  39. Bucs101 Says:

    They signed Blake Sims this offseason as a running back. Let’s see if they try him at backup QB…

  40. Joe Says:

    Now Joe will get his wish, If JW3 gets injured for a short amount of time, the whole season will go down the drain!!!!!

    Do you buy $100k worth of insurance on your $30k Ford-150?

  41. Big Buc6 Says:

    Forget 7th round comp players – undrafted players are just as good. Spend $6 to $7 million on a two year deal for a pro style quarterback with real NFL experience. He won’t be great only average if the talent is around him. Yates and Ponder and Kennan fit the mode. Geno Smith is coming off injury and I don’t know if he’ll stay in the pocket. It has to be someone who realizes he’ll only get playing time if (we don’t mention it) or the Bucs are up by 49 points in the 4th quarter.