Luke McCown now has some competition for the top spot on the Buccaneers’ depth chart.
Former first-round quarterback Byron Leftwich has agreed to terms with the team and will be allowed a chance to start after one season as a reserve behind Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.
Leftwich has a strong arm and was once a viable option in fantasy circles during his time with Jacksonville, but he never lived up to expectations. He’ll need to learn the offense of new coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, whose system will take chances downfield in the vertical pass attack but will also lean on RBs Derrick Ward, Earnest Graham and the run.
The eventual winner of this battle won’t have much individual value in drafts, but it will affect the stock of WR Antonio Bryant and TE Kellen Winslow.
Bryant, a tremendous sleeper last season, is now a No. 2 fantasy wideout but might have hit his statistical ceiling in 2008. Winslow will be a surefire No. 1 tight end, barring injuries.
With Leftwich, McCown and Josh Johnson on the roster, Brian Griese could be released in the weeks and months to come.