Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Byron Leftwich Signs Two-Year Deal With Buccaneers

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 03:  Byron Leftwich #4 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball off  against The Washington Redskins on November 3, 2008 at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Jack MCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

Byron Leftwich finally found a home.

ESPN's John Clayton reports that the veteran quarterback signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal. He will battle for the starting spot on a weak depth chart that includes former starters Brian Grease and Luke McCown.

After being drafted as the starter in Jacksonville, he was replace by David Gerrard. He spent one dismal year in Atlanta, before having a great season as a back-up in Pittsburgh. He threw for 300-plus yards and two touchdowns with limited action.

Only three teams were open about their interest in him. One obviously being Tampa Bay, and the others were Pittsburgh and Washington.

The Steelers wanted to return him as a back-up to Ben Roethlisberger. The Redskins, as you might know, are not in love with their current starter Jason Campbell, and seem to be looking for anyone and everyone to replace him.

I think this is a solid acquisition by Tampa Bay. He is a safe bet and will fit great in their system.

This great player and great overall guy finally found a good home. He has worked hard and deserves it. Good job Bucs!

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