Adam Weber has yet to throw a regular season pass through the first two seasons of his career, spending the 2011 season on the practice squad of the Denver Broncos after being signed as an undrafted free agent and then following that up by spending last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on their practice squad. He had briefly been No. 2 on the depth chart with the Broncos during June minicamp prior to last season, but he was ultimately among Denver’s final cuts in late August and it’s becoming uncertain if Weber will ever find his footing as a pro.
The Buccaneers signed Weber to a futures contract in January, so they appear willing to at least carry him on their practice squad again this year. Tampa Bay has three other signal callers in place, with starter Josh Freeman backed up by Dan Orlovsky and rookie Mike Glennon. Freeman is basically locked in as the team’s Week 1 starter, and Glennon looks like a potential option as Tampa Bay’s quarterback of the future after being drafted in the third round in April.
So Weber faces an uphill climb to earn a spot on the Buccaneers’ 53-man roster, but if he looks good during training camp the team may have a hard time justifying keeping Orlovsky over him. A good showing during preseason games could boost the interest level other teams have in Weber if Tampa Bay does not choose to keep him around, though it would be a surprise if he is anything more than a third-string quarterback wherever he would land.
Weber could very well be fighting to keep himself in the NFL during the preseason. It seems he would have little to gain by spending a third straight season on someone’s practice squad, whether it be with the Buccaneers or another team, so if no one will give him a legitimate shot at a roster spot Weber may have to make a tough decision about his future.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.