Desperate for QB help, Packers could look to Bucs

Luke McCown has started four games in five NFL seasons. (Phil Coale / Associated Press)

Bucs QB Luke McCown has started four games in five NFL seasons. (Phil Coale / Associated Press)

The Packers are concerned enough about their backup quarterback spot that they could get involved in trade talks with the Buccaneers, who are shopping Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown and Josh Johnson.

A league source said the Packers are exploring backup quarterbacks around the league, and another source said Green Bay has McCown as a possibility.

The Packers have been concerned about their backup quarterback situation for awhile and seriously considered acquiring Michael Vick, who instead signed with the Eagles, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Second-year pros Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm are the Packers’ current backups, with Flynn serving as the No. 2 to starter Aaron Rodgers. But Flynn currently is nursing a shoulder injury, and Brohm has done little to take advantage in Flynn’s absence.

The Bucs will deal Leftwich, McCown or Johnson — all their quarterbacks except first-round draft pick Josh Freeman — for the proper compensation, several sources said. A late-round draft pick and/or a player might be all they’re offered.

Tampa Bay doesn’t want to carry four quarterbacks on its final 53-man roster, so teams could wait until final cuts to see if the Bucs release one of the three. However, several teams — the Bears, Bills, Saints, Patriots and Jaguars — could be in the market for backup quarterback help. The Packers already are.

— Steve Wyche

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