The Buccaneers re-signed Gabbert on Wednesday. By bringing back Gabbert, who spent the past two seasons as Tom Brady's primary backup, the Bucs have retained all four quarterbacks they carried either on their active roster or practice squad last year. Gabbert won't necessarily retain his status as the No. 2 option on the depth chart, however, as 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask is a candidate to push him for the top backup role in training camp.
Gabbert will start Saturday's preseason contest against the Titans, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Gabbert entered last weekend's exhibition matchup against the Bengals after Tom Brady handled a single series, but the journeyman veteran will officially get the start Saturday. After Gabbert, who looks set to reprise his role as Brady's primary backup during the regular season, Ryan Griffin and rookie Kyle Trask also stand to see some action.
Gabbert re-signed Wednesday with the Buccaneers on a one-year, $2.5 million contract, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. The Buccaneers continue their efforts to maintain roster continuity by bringing back Gabbert for another season as the No. 2 option behind Tom Brady. The 31-year-old's only action last season came in a Week 16 thrashing of the Lions, when Brady went to the bench for the second half. Unless things take an unexpected turn for the defending Super Bowl champions during the 2021 campaign, Gabbert will once again be in store for limited action.
Gabbert completed nine of 16 passes for 143 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions across four games during the 2020 regular season. He also rushed nine times for 16 yards and committed a fumble that was recovered by the offense. All of Gabbert's passing production came in a Week 16 evisceration of the Lions, when Tom Brady took an early seat and the veteran backup took over in the second half. Gabbert only attempted one other pass all season, an incompletion in Week 6 against the Packers. The 31-year-old played 2020 on a one-year deal, but given his familiarity with coach Bruce Arians' system and the reasonable salary he'd command, it's likely Gabbert returns to the Buccaneers' fold in 2021.
Gabbert entered the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday to start the second half and completed nine of 15 attempts for 143 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed twice for 15 yards and fumbled once but recovered. The veteran signal-caller was afforded a rare opportunity for extended action due to the blowout nature of the victory, and he looked to be in full command of an offensive system he knows very well. Gabbert got valuable work in with the first-team pass-catching corps as well, connecting with Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans for touchdown passes of 25 and 22 yards, respectively. Gabbert could certainly see additional game action in Week 7 against the Saints since the Buccaneers clinched a playoff spot with Saturday's win.
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|2||09/18||@New Orleans Saints||5||16.35|
|3||09/25||Green Bay Packers||19||19.44|
|4||10/02||Kansas City Chiefs||31||22.70|
|9||11/06||Los Angeles Rams||3||15.76|
|13||12/05||New Orleans Saints||5||16.35|
|14||12/11||@San Francisco 49ers||13||18.80|
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