With a new starting quarterback already in the building, the Bucs have shored up the backup position, signing veteran Blaine Gabbert to a 1-year $1.1875 million deal. Gabbert was originally signed by the Bucs to backup Winston in 2019 given his understanding of Bruce Arians’ system.
Gabbert was orginally selected with the 10th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He would go 5-22 as the Jags starter before being shipped to San Francisco. He didn’t fare much better in the Bay area going 4-9 as a starter over 3 years.
Blaine Gabbert understands the system
Blaine Gabbert spent the 2017 season in Arizona under Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, starting five games and winning two. In 2018 he signed a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans and started three games as Marcus Mariota’s backup, posting the first winning record of his career at 2-1 and completing 60.4% of his passes for 626 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.
You’d be forgiven for forgetting Gabbert was on the Bucs roster last season with the veteran passer injured in the third quarter of the third preseason game. The dislocated shoulder in his non-throwing arm happened on a scramble up the middle and resulted in Gabbert spending the whole season on IR.
Gabbert’s veteran experience will help in the event that Tom Brady goes down, and his knowledge of the system may help Brady learn it quicker and offer another outlet if Brady has questions. But Gabbert’s chances of seeing the field in anything but cleanup duty are slim-to-nil.