Why Is Brian Griese Still On The Buccaneer Roster?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 12, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: Quarterback Brian Griese #8 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sets to pass against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

What you basically have at the quarterback position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a nice little traffic jam.

First there is that much anticipated battle for the starting job between veteran Byron Leftwich and the promising potential of young Luke McCown.

Word is that it's totally up for grabs between those two and the final decision will be determined under preseason fire.

Sitting comfortably, dreaming about his soon-to-be-negotiated new professional contract is rookie Josh Freeman, he of the 17th overall pick, who is probably licking his chops over the possibility of $9 million or so in guaranteed money.

No pressure on Freeman, he's not expected to play, at least not at this juncture of the summer.

Odd man out of the picture could be practice squad squatter Josh Johnson, who is upbeat and says he wants to compete for a roster spot and is confident.

Which now leads to the question: Why is Brian Griese still on the Tampa Bay roster?

Does general manager Mark Dominik know something that the rest of the NFL world doesn't?

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Indeed, Griese is still there and certainly head coach Raheem Morris has made no mention of the veteran backup who many feel has very little gas left in his tank and even less in his throwing arm.

Trade value?

Those words seem laughable at best.

Still, there he is on the roster.

Griese obviously knows that the odds of him making the team are about the same as Josh Freeman not signing between now and September.

Griese has stayed away from all OTAs and other team activities.

June 16-18 is a mandatory minicamp for the Bucs.

So what are the chances Griese will show up?

Stay tuned for that one.