Bucs bolster QB depth with addition of veteran star in post-Tom Brady roster

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to go with only Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask in their quarterback room after waiving or releasing 26 players on Tuesday to finalize their 53-man roster. However, a minimum of 14 of those 26 waived or released athletes will head back to the Bucs practice squad on Thursday morning.

Among them, Tampa Bay signed a No. 3 QB to bolster their offense after the second and final retirement of their legendary star Tom Brady. They still possess two more vacant positions on the practice squad to be filled ahead of the new season.

Bucs bring back John Wolford to bolster QB corps

According to the Buccaneers’ Wednesday statement, the 14 people to join the practice session included two vested veterans as well as 12 young players, and former Los Angeles Rams veteran John Wolford joined the team as the third-string dual-threat behind Mayfield and Trask.

The 27-year-old passed for 626 yards along with one touchdown and five interceptions throughout his three seasons in Los Angeles. He joined the Bucs as an unrestricted free agent after the Rams didn’t agree to tender him as a restricted free agent.

Nevertheless, the Vet’s efforts to please the franchise’s new offensive coordinator Dave Canales, and head coach Todd Bowles suffered a major impediment when he sustained a scary neck injury in the second preseason game. The QB stayed motionless on the turf and was sent to the hospital, albeit he returned to practice last week after recovery.

Besides him, the other 13 practice squad addition of Tampa Bay includes LB Brandon Bouyer-Randlem, DL C.J. Brewer, OL Silas Dzansi, OL Luke Haggard, CB Keenan Isaac, WR Cephus Johnson III, S Richard Lecounte III, WR Ryan Miller, WR David Moore, OL Raiqwon O’Neal, LB Jose Ramirez, LB J.J. Russell, and TE Tanner Taula.

In what year did Tom Brady leave the Buccaneers?

Brady bid adieu to his illustrious NFL career “for good” in February this year, exactly one year after his first retirement. After being drafted by the New England Patriots with the 199th pick overall in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, he spent almost two decades (2000-2019) in New England before heading to the Bucs to play the final three seasons (2020-2022) of his career donning Tampa Bay’s jersey.


TB12 overshadowed pretty much all other signal-callers in the league in terms of match wins (251), Pro Bowls (15), Super Bowl MVP Awards (5), completions (7,753), attempts (12,050), passing yards (89,214), and passing touchdowns (649)

The 46-year-old ranks first in the postseason in terms of season appearances (20), match starting (48), victory (35), Super Bowl Appearances (10), Super Bowl Wins (7), completions (1,200), passing yards (13,400), passing touchdowns (88), game-winning drives (14), and fourth-quarter comebacks (9).

This will be the first season the Bucs will be playing without Tom. Do you think the team has the caliber to win a Vince Lombardi trophy with their current lineup? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.


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