NFL free agency news: Buccaneers sign QB Blaine Gabbert

NFL free agency rumors: Buccaneers expected to sign QB Blaine Gabbert

The Buccaneers got the backup they needed.

Tampa Bay on Wednesday announced the signing of veteran quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal.

The move reunites Gabbert with newly minted head coach Bruce Arians.

Gabbert​, who has spent time in Jacksonville, San Francisco and Arizona (under Arians and other members of the Bucs’ new coaching staff), played the most games last season since he was moved to the backup position in 2013.

He took over for an injured Marcus Mariota in the team’s 2018 season opener and played in eight total games with three starts before being released. The only other time he recorded more starts as a backup was in 2015 with the 49ers (eight games, eight starts).

Gabbert, 29, has a career 13-25 record, 48 passing touchdowns and a 56.2 completion rate.

He will be battling Ryan Griffin for the No. 2 spot.