Will A Veteran Quarterback Be Signed After 4 p.m. Today?

May 1st, 2023

Former Broncos, Jets, Saints & Bears quarterback Trevor Siemian.

Early this offseason, Todd Bowles said he wanted to sign two veteran quarterbacks.

The Bucs signed one, and they still only have two QBs on the roster following Saturday’s conclusion of the NFL Draft.

Considering veteran free agents signd after 4 p.m. today will not be factored into the somewhat mysterious compensatory draft pick formula, it’s reasonable to think the Bucs will pounce on a veteran within the next 24 hours.

Joe knows Todd Bowles needs wins this seasons, as in he has to hit the magic, single-digit win total hidden somewhere in the ownership suite at One Buc Palace. And one way to help Bowles get there is to have a capable third-string quarterback just in case.

Plus, it sure would aid Baker Mayfield to have a seasoned quarterback to lean on through the season. (Yeah, yeah, Mayfield is competing with Kyle Trask. Got it.)

So who might the Bucs sign?

Teddy Bridgewater, 30, is on the market. He was on Bowles’ roster briefly with the Jets, and the Bucs, per Bucco Bruce Arians, were in love with Bridgewater before signing Tom Brady. Bridgewater, 30, has more career wins than Mayfield. Joe assumes Bridgewater is on the market because he wants too much money.

Trevor Siemian, 31, has significant experience and looked good against the Bucs with the Saints back in 2021.

There are other names out there, but Joe doesn’t think the Bucs would go for any of the big-name ancient guys like Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco.

57 Responses to “Will A Veteran Quarterback Be Signed After 4 p.m. Today?”

  1. John in Georgia Says:

    Carson Wentz is still available

  2. SB~LV Says:

    Joe Flacco is still in the NFL ?
    Wow !
    Actually I think we are set for this year, kinda contender posturing.
    Ryan Griffin in his usual role along with Traskfield.

  3. View from 132 Says:

    Will be interesting to see if they want a true 3 way race for starting QB or just pick up a clipboard carrier. A guy like Bridgewater would be a starter over our current QBs, wouldn’t he? A Matt Ryan / Joe Flacco would be a pure 3rd string and there to be the experience in the QB room while the young dudes play.

  4. Goatfarmer Says:

    Carson Wentz frightens me in any capacity. I wouldn’t even want him dispensing Gatorade . He’d screw up the bottles and squirt drain cleaner into their mouths or something. Cam Newton! LOL, just kidding just kidding.

    Mike Glennon! Bwaaaahahahahaaaahahahaaaa.

    Might as well sign Griff, he’s a great coach already and no one would confuse him with any threat to be QB1.

  5. Goatfarmer Says:

    We should wait to sign Siemian until next year, when we draft Penix. Lots of headline opportunities.

  6. EEK Says:

    Got to sign someone for training camp

    I think they’ll sign 2 guys — it would make sense to pick up at least 1 professional back up

    I don’t know how it would work bringing in former starters that now aren’t good. It feels like the QBs (Baker) may be frail emotionally when faced with veteran competition

  7. Goatfarmer Says:

    I know. Tom Brady.

  8. Marine Buc Says:

    I hear Tom Brady is still available…

  9. Dom N. Nick Says:

    Sign Tom Brady, Brady Quinn and Quinn BUCkner!

  10. Stormy Says:

    Chase Daniel appears to be that career vet backup that can help out in a young qb room. Won’t cost much.

  11. rrsrq Says:

    Trade for Jameis, the Saints took another QB in the draft, the writing is on the wall. He knows the locker room, he knows most of the coaches – unfortunately they know him too, this is just a post of joke, a joke of a post

  12. Marine Buc Says:

    M. Rudolph
    C. Wentz
    B. Rypien
    T. Siemian

    Any of these dudes would do.

    Not sure if they want Wentz in the mix though – I would be afraid he would actually beat out Baker and Trask…

  13. Marine Buc Says:

    @ rrsrq

    Winston is making $4.5M and the Saints owe him $15M in signing bonus money.

    He ain’t goin nowhere…

  14. BucU Says:

    After the excitement of the draft now we come back to reality with this article.

  15. Allbuccedup Says:

    Ryan Griffin probably.

  16. Tye Says:

    Mason Rudolph is a big physical guy from a decent team (better foundation) so he could be an interesting prospect!

  17. gotbbucs Says:

    Whoever it is, they better work for cheap.

  18. Todd Says:

    Question. If Tua tanks and brings Brady out of retirement…will the Bucs somehow get draft compensation because it forced us to eat all his cap money at once?

  19. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I’d probably rather use the money on a vet Right Tackle than a QB. I have questions about Goedeke as a starting RT. Sure, he played okay vs. the Falcons last year, but Atlanta had 21 sacks on the year. That’s less than half of the sacks the Bucs had, and the Bucs pass rush wasn’t very good.

  20. stpetebucfan Says:

    “Bridgewater, 30, has more career wins than Mayfield.”

    Cmon Joe you used to be a journalist! I realize as you frequently point out that it’s your blog and you print what you want and I respect that.

    Not sure why you are behaving like this. Stop reading what’s not there. Joe likes Mayfield and is glad he’s here. This is no dig. Bridgewater has seen a lot. He’s a proven backup the Bucs might be interested in. –Joe

    But really…Bridgewater has exactly ONE more win than Mayfield with three more seasons than Mayfield to get them!
    If you want to get yet another dig at Mayfield you could have posted that Teddy is one game over .500 while Mayfield is 7 games under.

    Bottom line when Bridgewater was healthy I would have called him comparable to Mayfield…that was long ago..he has bad wheels and is damaged goods.

  21. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Mason Rudolph

  22. Show Me the TDs Says:

    A. J. MacCarron.

  23. sasquatch Says:

    Well they need to sign someone. 2 arms is not gonna cut it.

  24. Redeemer Says:

    GF, they all scare me to death too. Wentz is a turnover machine, so is Ryan. Guess if I had the pick, I’d go with teddy. Whom ever they sign, they’ll be the backup. We all know this isn’t a competition.

  25. Costa Rica John Says:

    They will just be handing the ball off this year. No need to sign anyone. 😂

  26. Voice of Truth Says:

    I expect to see 4-6 vet minimum signings over the next two month or so – Jason likes to sign insurance for his picks normally – likely why he doubled up at edge – one of the two is going to make an impact

    Need 3rd qb, veteran DLine and safety depth and a vet nickel

  27. SB~LV Says:

    Hey wait a minute!
    Has anyone from the leadership said anything about winning this year?
    Seems to be the unsaid that this is a burner season and the excitement doesn’t start until this time next year.

  28. Dooley Says:

    No need to rush anything. We’ve got the top 2 QBs in Traskfield, and we signed two UDFA QBs in Kaylan Wiggins & Lindsey Scott for rookie camp w/o any other QB being drafted. Most of the times, vets aren’t getting brought in immediately after the draft and we’re still a ways from hitting that 90-man roster threshold for camp. None of the available vet QBs are anything to get excited about.

  29. Goatfarmer Says:

    Redeemer – Teddy would be awesome but probably can’t afford him. And that’s three chefs in the kitchen. Well, two chefs and a fry cook. Well, two chefs and a dishwasher. Maybe two chefs and the pissboy.

  30. Mike Johnson Says:

    After my man Baker starts throwin them interceptions, Trask will get his shot. But I can tell all of you now, Our only bright spot is gonna be the Defense. Yep, bring in another QB. We are gonna need’em all.

  31. eric Says:

    Joe when Baker implode and be what he his “trash” please don’t pretend like you was expecting it! Good QB’s are not on 4 teams in 2 years this is not some hollywood script!

  32. Hodad Says:

    Bridewater is a proven back up yes Joe, but when he’s called on he’s proven to suck. He was no help last year, and shut himself down with a pinky boo boo. I’d rather the Bucs go young. If we can’t win with Mayfield, or Trask, we’re sure as hell ain’t going to win with Bridgewater. All the other QB’s mentioned suck too.

  33. HC Grover Says:

    We will get a rookie undrafted.

  34. larrd Says:


    If neither Baker nor Trask work out, it’s best to lose some games and draft a QB next year, IMO. I think they’ll work out fine, though.

  35. Joe Says:

    Good QB’s are not on 4 teams in 2 years

    Very true. Honestly don’t know what to expect from Mayfield. Maybe he has turned the corner? Maybe he hasn’t? If he has turned the corner, the Bucs got a bargain at quarterback. If not, it sure looks like they are positioning themselves to get a quarterback in next year’s draft.

  36. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Jameis will be available soon…..

  37. Cainishere Says:

    No more old and busted please. We have way too many handicapped parking spaces for players around here. I am satisfied with our draft and the direction that my team is headed. I prefer the youth fast strong young. I’d rather lose for a few seasons learning with super young guys than to take on arrogance lack of production and drive we have seen in bringing vets here past their primes.
    Sure, it works sometimes but not usually and yes, it is good to have experienced vet help to spread winning ways.

    I am inspired by our youth movement and think the Bucs should take it to the extreme Get our overall age way down build a young competent core then add those busted Vets later down the road when we need just a few pieces to complete the team. Bring on the youth. GO BUCS

  38. bucfan34 Says:

    Lure Fitzmagic out of retirement. Problem solved. 😏

  39. Duane Says:

    It is unlikely that the Bucs will sign any quarterback to any contract more expensive than the vet minimum. Contrary to Joe’s senseless yammering, the Bucs really are competing the QB job between Trask and Mayfield, and may the better man win. Any qbs added now are just to run the third stringers and the travel squad.

  40. Dom N. Nick Says:

    Bucs should sign quarterback Doug Williams to a one-day contract just because they can

  41. Buc4evr Says:

    Matt Ryan would be a good choice if the Bucs can afford him.

  42. ScottyMack Says:

    I’d definitely go with “ancient guy” Matt Ryan if we could afford him.

  43. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Hodad Says:
    May 1st, 2023 at 1:07 pm
    Bridewater is a proven back up yes Joe, but when he’s called on he’s proven to suck.

    Not a Teddy fan, but didn’t he win 5 games in a row while filling in for Drew Brees?

  44. Hodad Says:

    Yes, he did, but that’s ancient history. He was horrible last season, and he ain’t getting better.

  45. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Bucs passed on both Herndon and Levis in the draft so they must be ok with our 2 current Quarterbacks.
    What about Andy Dalton ?

  46. Rand Says:

    A. J. McCarron

  47. BUCman Says:

    We are assuming we know the names of all the available backup QBs to choose from. Don’t forget that 14 QBs were drafted this year. In many cases they will displace a current backup who will be released. No need to rush picking a third stringer. Lets see what falls out of the tree once everything shakes out.

  48. stpetebucfan Says:

    @Joe OK if you wish I can cop to an overreaction. BTW it’s not so much you as the overall trend of comments on JBF about Mayfield.

    I’m about 50/50 on him myself and since he has shown at least once he was able to git er done I just believe in giving him a chance.

  49. Irishmist Says:

    In the kind of mobile quarterback scheme that we will apparently be running, I think Wentz would be a better choice than Bridgewater. Yes they have both had knee injuries, but Wentz’s resulted from getting hit while Bridgewater’s was non-contact and much more serious. I don’t think Teddy is a good risk in our system.

  50. mark2001 Says:

    Jameis…please…not unless you want to go back to the dark ages. It would be a validation that he was right to play as he did here, and Arians was wrong. He would likely be a 30/30 qb at best. I’d rather take a step back to go three steps forward in another year, if need be.

  51. Goatfarmer Says:

    It’s gonna be…………………….Norm Snead. The old grizzled veteran is almost 84 and still has a pop in his arm. Also his knees, colon, and bladder. But we could use him, wheel him out there and he’ll be more mobile than Trask.

  52. garro Says:

    Take a flyer on Rudolph

  53. Onetrickpony Says:

    Bridgewater ? = pass

  54. JD Still Says:

    Will a veteran quarterback be signed after 4PM today? No, next question.

  55. TampaBayRudy Says:

    I’m really wondering how no one remembers how well Trevor Siemian played against us. He was far better than Jameis, just as much as Cooper Rush was way better than Dak in the D bag. I reckon some guys say the wrong thing to a coach, or as in my experience, someone who made a bad hire tries to save face and sticks to their gun, missing out on a quality guy. That’s poor management. Like what Bucco did to us by saddling us with Bowls and Leftover. We need someone who can come out gunslinging and surprising folks, and become the next guy. I can’t wait to see if Trask lives up to the hype……

  56. jimm Says:

    don’t think they go for a vet right away.
    a stated above have 2 udfa qbs to throw the ball for the deep depth-chart receivers work and scout team.

    also griffin is probably ready at a moments notice (but since the offense is changing don’t know what added value he brings anymore)

    if you have 2 qb’s you don’t have any.
    imagine 3 qbs … not only not any also confusion.

    the practicality of “quality& amount” of competition significantly dwindles with three candidates.

  57. firethecannons Says:

    I agree with Joe, trevor Simian seems good, not sure he is a qb mentor but he would be a solid backup