The Bucs have re-signed backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky, which is probably not the sort of move coach Greg Schiano was referring to when he said he would like to bring in competition at the position. Orlovsky is not going to be a legitimate challenger to Josh Freeman as the starting quarterback, and everyone in the organization and around the NFL knows that. In fact, the whole exercise of releasing Orlovsky and re-signing him days later now appears to be an effort to squeeze him into taking less money. That should tell you how much the Bucs think of him. So, whatever happened to the notion of upgrading the quarterback position? Well, at this point, many around the league consider it likely the Bucs will draft a quarterback in the middle rounds of the NFL draft later this month. But it’s interesting that the Bucs, we’re told, haven’t been aggressive in their approach toward addressing the quarterback position during free agency. They’ve talked to the likes of Chase Daniel, Matt Cassel, Carson Palmer and others, but people we’ve talked to tell us there’s been no sense of urgency in those negotiations. The fact that all those quarterbacks landed elsewhere only reinforces that. There’s a reason for this: The Bucs, as an organization, aren’t all that concerned about the record-breaking Freeman and the quarterback position. In fact, people close to Freeman have confirmed that Just about everyone at One Buc Place seems onboard with Freeman except for one person: Schiano. Whether that’s because the head coach didn’t draft Freeman or because he feels he hasn’t seen enough, everything you’ve read and heard about the Bucs looking into quarterbacks in free agency and the draft has been driven almost exclusively by Schiano. General manager Mark Dominik, who drafted Freeman, admits the quarterback has displayed some frustrating swings in his play. Everyone knows that is indisputable. But Dominik, you’ll notice, maintains his effusive praise of Freeman. He’s been asked about the quarterback as often or more than Schiano during this offseason, and Dominik has never publicly expressed major doubts.
Here's why the Bucs haven't had a shakeup at quarterback
Tampa Bay Times | Apr 9