The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had four quarterbacks from which to choose. Now they have three. The Bucs let Bruce Gradkowski go today. In two years with Tampa Bay, Gradkowski played in 17 games, completing 54-percent of his passes. In that time, he hit for nine touchdowns while throwing 10 interceptions. Gradkowski is only 6-foot-1, which makes him short for a NFL quarterback. And although he has shown sparks of talent, the two-year pro often threw into tight coverage and was unable to connect on key plays.

That leaves Jeff Garcia, Brian Griese and Chris Simms on the roster. Most experts expect Simms will be the next QB cut, leaving Garcia to start and Griese to backup. Garcia, who has nine years in the NFL, has played for a total of five clubs. In his first five seasons, he started for San Francisco. He then played for the Cleveland Browns in 2004, the Detroit Lions in 2005 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006.

With the Philadelphia Eagles, he took over for an injured Donovan McNabb and guided the team on an amazing run that resulted in a playoff spot. Although the Eagles did not resign him, he found work at Tampa Bay.

If Simms is released, it is expected that the Chicago Bears may be interested in him as a backup. In his three years in the NFL, Simms has never played a full season. In 19 professional games, he has thrown 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, earning a rating of 71.2.

Paul mroczka
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