Leftwich agreed to a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, a deal that will give him a chance to compete for a starting job again. The deal includes a big roster bonus in 2010, which means it's a one-year audition for Leftwich.He may not be the guaranteed starter, but there's little chance that Leftwich will ever overthrow Big Ben as the starter in Pittsburgh so he is definitley in a better position with the Bucs. And seriously, if Leftwich cannot beat out Luke McCown, Brian Griese, and Josh Johnson, then maybe it is best that he is not a starter in the NFL.
Leftwich started for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-2006, but was released by the team nine days before the start of the 2007 season in part because of a personality clash with coach Jack Del Rio. In his four seasons, Leftwich was 24-20 as a starter.
Leftwich was a backup for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, playing well in relief of Ben Roethlsiberger. The Steelers wanted him back, and offered a two-year deal, but he opted for a chance to start again.
With new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski using more of a downfield passing game, Leftwich would seem to be the perfect quarterback. He will compete with Luke McCown, Brian Griese and Josh Johnson for the starting job.
And I will never know why Luke McCown is still in the NFL...
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