The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that former Steelers QB Byron Leftwich was scheduled for a Thursday visit with the Buccaneers, who are looking for experienced depth behind expected starter Luke McCown.
Tampa Bay also has veteran Brian Griese and Josh Johnson, a rookie in 2008, but the St. Petersburg Times reports that the team is serious about Leftwich:
- There’s a chance Byron Leftwich’s visit to Tampa might result in a permanent stay.
- We’ve learned Leftwich and the Bucs are engaged in earnest talks that could result in the free-agent quarterback signing a contract with Tampa Bay.
The Redskins also appear to be in the mix for Leftwich. The Steelers also recently said that they wanted to keep Leftwich and Charlie Batch as backups to Ben Roethlisberger.
Leftwich appeared in five games for the Super Bowl champion Steelers in 2008 and threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Leftwich was a starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2006 after being the team’s first-round draft pick out of Marshall University.