Report: Blaine Gabbert Returns

May 5th, 2021


So it seems Ira’s long national nightmare continues. columnist Ira Kaufman has been a harsh critic of Bucs backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert since Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians announced Gabbert would be the backup quarterback back in 2019.

Ira must want to run in front of his Bill Currie Ford rig with his wife behind the wheel as it appears Gabbert will return for at least one more season.

Jeremy Fowler of BSPN Twittered out the news that Gabbert will re-sign with the Bucs.

Now Joe would like to know who gets the boot after training camp?

Will it be Gabbert and his salary, or will it be long-time Bucs third-string/practice squad quarterback Ryan Griffin, noted wingman for park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, Bucs-Super-Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady?

Surely the Bucs won’t let Kyle Trask go, will they?

71 Responses to “Report: Blaine Gabbert Returns”

  1. Beeej Says:

    Griffin prolly goes on ‘developmental’ (or whatever you call it) at the end of training camp

  2. IrishMist Says:

    I think Licht is just pulling money from Glazer’s seat cushions at this point.

  3. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Seems as if the Bucs were bidding against themselves here. Arian sure does like him…he is one loyal dude…which I can appreciate.

  4. SB~LV Says:

    I still don’t know anything about him

  5. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Is the practice squad gonna be like last year, where the Bucs can stash Griff on there?

  6. Help Says:

    HOw bout you edit this post Joe and do us a favor

  7. rrsrq Says:

    Is there money to sign draft picks with three vet signings today (is there a separate pool for the UDFA they signed)

  8. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Kobe told you so”

    Kobe Faker

  9. All lives matter Says:

    Griffin is not practice squad eligible

  10. Elita Vita Says:

    I guess Griffin will be placed on some sort of taxi squad. They certainly won’t place Gabbert or Trask there. Won’t feel sorry for Griffin. He’s become a millionaire mainly by carrying a clip board during games. Trying to figure out the rationale here though

  11. Bojim Says:


  12. Ash Says:

    Yay the bridge to bridge for trask, qb3 in the second round awesome

  13. Steven007 Says:

    Trask obviously won’t be exposed at this point, so I’m guessing that Griffin would be the odd man out.

  14. Steven007 Says:

    Gabbert will obviously never start a game unless forced, but he did play well in relief of Brady last year. He probably knows the system better than anyone aside from Tom at this point.

  15. Onebadbuc54 Says:

    It’s depth for the preseason in case of injury

  16. Leighroy Says:

    Oh look a “Kobe Faker” sighting!

  17. Bucanero Says:

    Ok, It wasn’t a wasted pick, only fodder for future angst

  18. windbaggery Says:

    I’d happily trade Trask for a pick in next year’s draft. I’d take a 4th rounder.

  19. kyle Says:

    Send the Gator packing…haha just kidding. I bet griff ends up on practice squad or something like that so he can still help with preparation during the week.

  20. Tye Says:

    Blaine has been in this same system for years since his days in Arizona… He can be on the side line with Trask during practice and games to help tutor him…
    Griffin is most likely expendable and the odd man out!

  21. Craig Says:

    To me Gabbert will always be that guy that was replaced by Blake freaking Bortles. What is really bad is that he deserved it.

    In his limited play for the Bucs, he was not good either.

    If Griff is kicked out, we might play him twice this year, the Ain’ts will grab him back. Griff has at least been a record setting preseason Bucs QB. His lone regular season series was six plays and the Bucs got a field goal from it. The Bucs won by those 3 points too.

    That puts him above Gabbert in my book.

    Trask will catch on to the NFL by the end of the season and should be ready to go next season. Maybe he will change the current view that NFL QBs look like Lamar or Mahomes.

  22. catcard202 Says:

    Camp is going to be interesting…

    Bucs QB room consists of the GOAT, a guy we don’t want to play, a guy that should not play & guy that’s been running scout team for 7yrs.

  23. Jbeachbuc Says:

    TYE, you win sir

  24. Defense Rules Says:

    I thought as soon as the Bucs signed Gabbert that Griffin would be odd-man-out. Maybe not so fast …

    NFL COVID rules from last season were a tad bizarre in spots it appears, and some of them might be carried over to 2021 (don’t know). For instance, for 2020 — and for 2021 if any COVID-19 protocols remain in place for this season) — practice squads can include up to 16 players per team. Of those 16, as many as six can be players with more than two accrued seasons in the NFL. The new CBA allowed for two practice-squad players per team with an unlimited number of accrued seasons, but the COVID-19 amendments expanded that number to six.

    Another one of the COVID-19 rules was that after 4 p.m. ET on the Tuesday of a game week (not a bye week), a team may designate up to four of its practice squad players as “protected,” meaning they are not allowed to sign with another team until after their current team plays its next game. Makes me wonder if rules like those two might be a way to protect Ryan during the season.

  25. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Pyle O’ Trash pick more curious by the minute. I know…I know, staff deserves benefit o’ the doubt and Tom Brady’s scouting report was similar.

  26. I CARE NOW Says:

    I can see them keeping 4 QBs.

    Reason being is that we will need a mop up QB for the Mop up QB…

    Wait, I just did what everyone else is doing. I predicted Bucs dominance…… DOPE!!!

  27. DingleBerry Says:

    So we spent a 2nd round pick to compete with Ryan Griffin for the #3 QB spot in a year we are trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions. But god forbid you question what kind of sense that makes. Lest yee be accused of trolling.

  28. Joe in Michigan Says:

    All lives matter: I think it depends on what the rules of the practice squad are, if it’s like last year when vets could be added (Josh Rosen, Ted Larsen, etc.) then Griff would be a practice squad possibility.

  29. Joe in Michigan Says:

    DingleBerry: We get it, you don’t like Trask. How many times do you have to say it? There must be something else in the world that interests you, something positive, something that others might care about.

  30. Doctor Stroud Says:

    And he’s not giving up #11 for anything and certainly for no rookie!

  31. Cainishere Says:

    It is wise to have the 4 Qbs that we have. It really is a rather deep group wouldn’t you say?

  32. I CARE NOW Says:

    @Joe in Michigan

    Cut him some slack, he is a DingleBerry after all.

    Besides, he appears to be right in this instance.

  33. Scbucsfan Says:

    Dingleberry if it talks like a troll and posts like a troll the yee be accused of being a troll. Someone who is smarter then all of Bucs management should get that simple concept.

  34. Mitch Says:

    Kyle is not competing for a roster spot this year. His main objective is to be a student, and refine his mechanics. It’s Griffin vs Gabbert… unless there will be expanded rosters/practice squads with veteran eligibility like last year. In that case Griffin will be on the practice squad.

  35. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I really don’t see the point in keeping Ryan Griffin along at this point….I get that he’s probably a good locker room guy and plays well in practice but his only upside is being a #2 QB at best and he’s not even there yet.

    Time to dump the experiment.

  36. DI Says:

    For a front office that put together a Super Bowl winning team, there are sure are a lot haters here.

  37. Rod Munch Says:


    Oh well, if he ever has to play the team is done for in any case, so I guess it doesn’t matter how bad the backup is in that case. Still, I’d like to think if Brady missed 6 games the Bucs could go 3-3 without him – but with Gabbert? It’s 1-5 at best. We don’t have the 2002 Bucs defense out there, this one is very good, but it’s not an all-time great, and you’d need that to go .500 with Gabbert.

  38. Rod Munch Says:

    DI – I think the hate is more for Gabbert and Arians unreasonable love of him. Gabbert has done nothing in his career, has failed every time he’s needed to step up, and yet he’s like herpes and just keeps reappearing just when you think he’s vanished for good.

    I do agree that with all the other moves, put your trust in Licht and the Bucs. But Gabbert just seems to be an Arians crush, because nothing else explains why he’s here. He’s had a ton of changes to prove himself and has always failed. I’d rather put my faith in a complete wildcard like Griffin, at least you have some hope he’s not a born loser like Gabbert.

  39. adam from ny Says:

    grif is not really BA’s guy…

    gabbert and trask simply are…

    so if anyone goes it’s grif…


    he will be signed to hold a clip board and “up intel” for atlanta or carolina as the 3rd stringer…

    most likely carolina…

    new orleans got all intel from jameis , so they’re out of the running…

    none of these teams are even close to in the running to win the division…

    unless brady goes down, the division is all but locked up on cinco de mayo…

    let’s all toast with an avocado tequila

  40. windbaggery Says:

    I just don’t understand what they see in Trask. Unless his mental approach to the game is light years ahead of Mond and Mills, who both have better physical tools for the NFL, I don’t get it. Maybe he has a great mind, maybe he’s a great leader, and maybe they can work with his mechanics to get the ball out quicker and with velocity. Maybe.

  41. Stanglassman Says:

    To say his limited play here was bad is not true. He played pretty well against the Lions last year. 2 TDs zero Ints. 126 Qb rating. I think if god forbid he was forced into action due to injury he could win 50% of the games.

  42. BradyBucs Says:



  43. Stanglassman Says:

    You’re right Adam Griff is a Sean Payton guy. We took him off their practice squad if I remember correctly.

  44. The Red Mirage Says:

    I hope someone took Ira’s shoelaces.

  45. Gordon Says:

    Great move to get him back! Tom Brady will teach both Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask how to be the greatest QB ever. Blaine Gabbert played very well last year and has the talent to be outstanding for many years because he is only 31 years old. All this is a great move because the players on team are all outstanding and if they work together they can win the Supper Bowl again!!!!

  46. Ben green Says:

    Brady doesn’t teach qb’s. Ask Jimmy g.

  47. Jeffbuc Says:

    I know I got fooled like most every bucs fan did this year against Detroit. I was watching game half heartedly because we were blowing out Detroit. But I was doing great. Then touchdown to gronk I’m waiting on my Brady td points. And it doesn’t come. Come back fro break and it was gabbert who led the whole drive and threw the touchdown. I thought it was Brady. So if that doesn’t scream great backup I don’t know what does.

  48. adam from ny Says:

    yeah stan:

    grif started in new orleans…i don’t see payton wanting him back tho…it sure would look like he’s stocking buccaneers qbs…

    grif is now in a really bad spot…

    he’s about to get the “mallache crunch” from gabbert and trask, and there’s literally nothing he can do about it…


    #TheFonz #AuthurFonzerelli #PinkyTuskadero



  49. Rod Munch Says:

    If you take anything from the Detroit game, you’re a fool. They were down to their 47th head coach of the year, some guy who was doing their fantasy football league was their defensive coach, and they had completely given up. You can’t take anything from that game.

    What you can do with Gabbert is look at his long career and see he’s a zlitch, a loser, a nobody. He’s only still in the league because he was overdrafted by Jacksonville. He’s been the guy who has lost games while being on good teams, a guy whose stats are garbage — and the stats are garbage because his play is garbage.

    I do not like the guy, do not like him at all.

    Yes, I do understand not wanting to throw a rookie out there, and that’s where I’d rather take my chances with Griffin since he has yet to prove he’s a complete failure. Also, no, I’m not big on Griffin, I think he’s never played for a reason, but still, you’d at least have some hope, unlike with Gabbert.

    As for Tom’s buddy… it was Griffin who was holding up Tom after he talked off the boat like it was 3am in Ybor. That’s a good buddy for you.

  50. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Rod Munch: You do realize that Gabbert was the 2nd string QB and Griffin was the 3rd string, right? That alone contradicts your whole post.

  51. Pewter Power Says:

    I was pissed when we drafted Trask but seriously people stop talking about the Gators because he’s in the NFL now means he’ll grow into the job. Nobody knows his ceiling or how good he can be but at least save the hate for preseason

    I guess all these people hating on Trask just happen to know Patrick Mahomes would turn out to be one of the best in the nfl? Chiefs were getting dogged because they moved up so far to get him and everyone said it should have been deshaun watson

    Mitchell Trubisky Went 2nd overall to the bears that year. I mean we all knew that was stupid but still it’s a crapshoot and he can’t be worse Mike Glennon

    He’ll sit the bench so long he may be the first quarterback we draft that gets a second contract lol If so he’ll forever be in the history books. I’m all in until I’m not. I still remember when I turned on Winston and was done with him. Trask will be no different but let him throw a pass first

  52. adam from ny Says:

    i like ryan griffin, he’s been one of our guys for a while…

    but could the highlight of his nfl career literally be walking a trashed tom brady off a boat mid afternoon after a boat party…???

    it sounds crazy, but it could be the highlight and most replayed video of his entire career…go figure…

    all us long time buc fans prolly secretly hope grif has a heck of a preseason, and solidifies the number 2 qb spot…i for one do

  53. August 1976 Buc Says:

    IF BA wants Gabbert then whatever. He has never impressed me during his time in the NFL. BUT BA trusts this guy. Are the Bucs really going win Super Bowl with most any Back up, NO. So whatever, does not matter, just do not screw up the few series you might play this year. Again without Brady the Bucs are going to win anything, so I say WHATEVER. BTW GOOOOOO TRASK!!!!!! lol GOOOOOO TRASK That is for Trask haters lol GO BUCS!!!!!!

  54. Bucsfanman Says:

    If Brady goes down, do you really want a rookie in there? Or the ever-famed, longest-tenured back-up to never have thrown an NFL pass?!!

    By the way, one day someone will have to explain to me this fan love affair with a career 3rd string QB!

  55. Defense Rules Says:

    @Adam from NY … “unless brady goes down, the division is all but locked up on cinco de mayo…”

    Tell me again Adam, when was the last time that the Bucs won the NFC South title? Oh that’s right, 2007. A mere 14 seasons ago. Don’t ASSUME anything; it’ll come back to bite you in the arse every time. Every game is a dogfight.

    @Rod Munch … “I do not like the guy (Gabbert), do not like him at all.”

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here Rod in that I get the feeling you don’t like Gabbert. Words like “he’s a zlitch, a loser, a nobody” and “his play is garbage” kinda gave that away. Of the 4 QBs we have signed, Brady has started the most games in the NFL (299). Trask & Griffin have started none. That leaves Gabbert, who in his 10 year career at least started 48 games. Admittedly his record sucks (13-35) but the first two TEAMS that he was on (3 yrs Jaguars & 3 yrs San Fran weren’t all that sterling when he played for them. Under BA in 2017 he was 2-3 with the Cards, and then went 2-1 with the Titans in 2018. And both those teams were just average teams.

    He’s not a quality NFL starter IMO, but he is a decent backup QB I think; one who can play ‘within the system’. The Bucs have a quality TEAM through-and-through this year, and SHOULD be able to play very competitive football on BOTH sides of the ball. Yes, even with Blaine Gabbert at the controls if that should be necessary.

  56. Allbuccedup Says:

    I can t see the bucs putting Trask on the practice squad because some team will pick him up in a heartbeat and it would be a wasted second round pick.

  57. Swampbuc Says:

    Griff is more important. He kept Brady upright better than Tristan Wirfs after Tom guzzled the avocado tequila. Goobert will hopefully never see the field. If he does, he will make us miss JaMiss.

  58. Allbuccedup Says:

    Gabbert will be trade bait if Rodgers retires and moves on to Jeopardy. Licht says probably we could get a 4th or 5th round pick for him with all his experience. HaHa.

  59. PoundTheRock Says:

    Munch, you are not serious about Gabbert? C’mon man! Gabbert at least is an experienced backup QB that has played 50 games in NFL.

    Ryan Griffin has attempted only 4 regular seaon passes in his entire career…let that sink in. With the drafting of Kyle Trask in 2nd rd, Griff will be the odd man out.

    You should think a little before you post.

  60. Allbuccedup Says:

    I believe Griffin was just insurance in case they didn’t get a QB in the draft.

  61. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I don’t see anything about a guarantee there.

  62. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    PoundTheRock Says
    “Munch, you are not serious about Gabbert?”

    You better believe he’s serious…and he is 100% right.

  63. PoundTheRock Says:

    Munch is dead wrong and so are you Bonzai.

    If you guys are banking on a guy who has attempted 4 pass attempts in his NFL career, over a guy that has played approximately 50 games that is absolutely ridiculous!

    I am glad you two are not running team lmao.

  64. Jim Says:

    Joe, please post a decent photo of Gabbert. It’s always “The Zombie” or “The Village Idiot”. I know, you don’t like the guy, but come on…

  65. Oneilbuc Says:

    This guy suck what’s the big deal by bringing him back he sucks !!

  66. Rod Munch Says:

    PoundTheRock – A guy who is an experience loser, who is proven to suck, I don’t get why you’d want him over a wildcard who has yet to prove himself as being a born loser. Gabbert stinks, he’s had plenty of chances to show people otherwise, and he’s done nothing. Griffin hasn’t shown anything at this point, and I’d take that over a guaranteed loss.

    Think of it as if you’re playing Blackjack, do you get a 12 and stand on it? I mean you might end up worse off, but unless the dealer busts, if you stand, you’re going to lose. That’s Gabbert. I’ll take my chances and draw another card that isn’t him.

    Also Griffin has been here forever, with multiple coaches, obviously they have some trust in the guy. If he’s worse than Gabbert, than he shouldn’t be in the NFL at all.

  67. Barbara Roopenian Says:

    Tom Brady has played with concussions, a stitched thumb on his throwing hand, and continual knee injuries. THE BACK-Up NEVER SEES THE FIELD. Watch his college films. I had twenty years of TB12. Happy to be a Bucs fan now.

  68. Brandon Says:

    Griffin and Gabbert are insurance for the other. If one gets hurt we have the other. If Trask were to get hurt, both make the team. The good news is that if none of them gets hurt, one of them, probably Griffin, gets cut at the end of TC, and is eligible to picked up by another team needing a QB. And he has a leg up on all other QBs that haven’t been with a team. He’s been active, went through camp, and hopefully put out good preseason tape. It’s win win for everyone. Nobody was going to sign Griffin anyways. Now if all three vet QBs are healthy and another team needs one, he can jump in there.

  69. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    I personally like the Trask signing,,there’s nothing to lose here,, accurate passer,, don’t have to go for the homerun e

  70. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    Didn’t finish post I personally like the trask Signing,,, is an accurate passer don’t have to go for the home run every play wasn’t that the scouting reports on Tom Brady when he got drafted at 199,, I agree no way the Bucs should be carrying four quarterbacks and I believe Griffin is odd man out myself

  71. Ne+ bucs fan Says:

    how many run first quarterbacks have won the Superbowl that’s a question aka, Mike Vic,lamer Jackson,, mobile qb’s mahoomes, Steve young the exception I know the NFL is trending towards more mobile quarterbacks but I believe the pocket passers have more success,, Montana, Brady,, Bradshaw hope I don’t get a lot of flack for this post it’s a opinion in a question