Bucs' QB competition only just starting

March, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

After reading what coach Raheem Morris had to say at the breakfast for NFC coaches in California this morning, I'm more convinced than ever the Bucs will try to add a quarterback before the draft.

Morris talked about four dogs and a bone as he looked ahead to the preseason competition for the starting job. Problem is, the Bucs only have three "dogs'' right now. They have Luke McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson. McCown's the only one of those guys you could reasonably want as your opening-day starter right now.

I don't see the Bucs taking Josh Freeman with the No. 19 pick because I don't think he's ready to start right away and I think Morris needs to win fairly quickly. As far as a possible trade for Jay Cutler, slow it down. I still think that's a very long shot.

Cast your eyes on the next level that's more realistic. Cleveland could be looking to deal Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn. Or there are free agents like Byron Leftwich, Kyle Boller and Rex Grossman still out there.

I think Morris really is intent on having a competition for this spot. All he needs now is someone to compete with McCown.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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