No deal in Tampa for QB Leftwich

Byron Leftwich left another city empty-handed.

Byron Leftwich appeared in five games for the Steelers in 2008. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

Byron Leftwich appeared in five games for the Steelers in 2008. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

Five days after a visit with the Redskins failed to produce a contract, the free-agent QB departed Tampa without a deal from the Buccaneers, the St. Petersburg Times reports:

    Now we’re hearing its unlikely the Bucs will sign Leftwich but they are committed to adding a fourth quarterback and wanted to evaluate him.
    The Bucs are going to work out Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman next week. The thought here is that Tampa Bay will likely wait until after the draft to add a QB to the mix of Luke McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson.

McCown, a five-year NFL veteran, is the Bucs’ No. 1 QB right now, but he has made 42 fewer career starts than Leftwich, a 2003 first-round draft pick of the Jaguars.

Leftwich, who also spent one season (2007) with the Falcons, played well for the Super Bowl champion Steelers in 2008, throwing two touchdown passes and no interceptions in five games as Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup. Leftwich has said he wants a starting job, although the Steelers have expressed an interest in keeping him as the No. 2 QB.

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