Evidently still not happy with the teams quarterback position, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are jumping into the ring as a possible suitor for former Vikings and Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper. On Thursday head coach Jon Gruden, GM Bruce Allen, and personnel executive Doug Williams met with Culpepper, who is free to sign with anyone after being released from the Dolphins on Tuesday.
The Bucs have five QB’s already on their roster, even though one of them, Jake Plummer, has stated he is retired even though he has yet to file the paperwork with the league. Jeff Garcia, who signed with the team in the offseason from Philly, is the starter, and behind him you have Bruce Gradkowski, Chris Simms and Luke McCown. Gruden had said in the past that the door was still open for Plummer to come back if he wanted, as it almost seems in a perfect world for Gruden he would want Plummer and Garcia as his #1 and #2 QB’s.
So now the attention turns to Culpepper, who has been waiting for his freedom to sign elsewhere for sometime. The Jacksonville Jaguars are another team that has been reported to be hot on the trails for Daunte, and Thursday a report surfaced that the defending AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens are also back in the fold as an interested party for Culpepper. The confident Culpepper has already stated via email that he would have won the job if given the shot in Miami this season. Now that he doesn’t have that chance, you have to wonder what team will take the chance in signing the onetime franchise quarterback.