Buccaneers sign QB Mike Kafka

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Mike Kafka likely will have a tough time making the Buccaneers roster. (USATSI)
Mike Kafka likely will have a tough time making the Buccaneers roster. (USATSI)

Mike Kafka has played four games in his four-year career, and he's thrown a total of 16 passes (with two interceptions!). He started off with the Eagles, and since then, he's seen time (though no actual playing time) with the Patriots and Jaguars, and though he worked out with the Cowboys earlier this month, he's actually got a new gig in Florida.

That's because the Buccaneers announced Monday they had signed Kafka to a contract.

It's hard to imagine Kafka having a real chance to win a job with the Buccaneers, even if the team and new coach Lovie Smith seem undecided about what to do with Mike Glennon. Besides, this rotoworld.com evaluation of the Kafka signing shouldn't make anybody feel confident: "Simply lacking NFL-caliber passing tools, Kafka will likely serve as a 'camp arm' before being waived prior to the season."

But hey life has to be pretty good today for Kakfa. After all, he couldn't beat out Chad Henne or Blaine Gabbert for playing time in Jacksonville, even though general manager Dave Caldwell said Kafka actually had a shot in the preseason to win the starting job. Plus, Kafka was released in New England to make room for the one who shall not be named.

On Monday, the Buccaneers also said they had waived offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, running back Michael Hill and quarterback Jordan Rodgers and released defensive tackle Derek Landri.

The release of Rodgers means the only two quarterbacks on the roster are Glennon and Kafka. Clearly, Tampa Bay is not done fiddling with this position.

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