Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rumors: A New Quarterback On the Way?

By Michael Collins
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

OK, so that headline is a bit misleading. All you Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans can relax. Josh Freeman isn’t going anywhere, and it’s doubtful that anyone is really going to supplant him as the starter.  But what the Bucs do need is an able backup to Freeman, and the combination of Dan Orlovsky and Adam Weber just isn’t going to cut it in 2013.

With all the movement of starting quarterbacks around the league, little attention has been paid to quality backups that may be available. One of those players that the Buccaneers might have an interest in is New York Giants backup QB David Carr, who is likely at the end of his time in New York.

Carr has been backing up Eli Manning for several years now, but the Giants recently signed Curtis Painter as a possible replacement for Carr. Painter is younger and cheaper, and the Giants have other needs for their cash at the moment.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post said of Carr, “Former Giants assistant Mike Sullivan is the offensive coordinator for the Buccaneers…Carr wouldn’t mind seeing if he can compete for a starting job.”

Honestly I can’t see David Carr really causing much competition for Freeman–who has the edge in talent, arm strength and youth over Carr–but it’s not impossible to think about Carr being a very capable backup in a system such as the run-heavy, ball control offense that the Buccaneers employ.

Carr–who was a number one overall pick of the Houston Texans in 2002–has become somewhat of a journeyman quarterback in the league, amassing stops with the Texans, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and twice with the Giants. He has a career completion percentage of 59.7% (which isn’t too bad), but his TD/INT ratio is terrible at 65/71 over a 11-year NFL career.

The Fresno State product hasn’t started a game since 2007, when he started four games for the Panthers, so the idea of him actually competing for a starting position in Tampa is somewhat ludicrous. If the Bucs do sign Carr, he’ll need to head into camp with reasonable expectations on how to help the team with veteran leadership and being able to back up the more talented Freeman.


Michael Collins is a Rant Sports Senior NFL Writer, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook

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