Brian Griese
44-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
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$Released by Tampa Bay in July 2009.
Brian Griese: Released by Bucs
QBFree Agent
July 13, 2009
The Buccaneers released Griese on Monday, the Tampa Tribune reports.
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Griese requested this move earlier in the offseason, not wanting to be part of what would have been a five-man quarterback battle heading into training camp. Another team in need of a veteran backup may grab him before the start of camp.
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After getting some playing time last year as an injury replacement for Rex Grossman, the Bears let Griese go over the offseason. He signed with the Buccaneers, where he had some success under Jon Gruden in 2005 before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. He'll serve as Gruden's veteran backup in 2008 if anything happens to starter Jeff Garcia.
Griese enters the 2007 season once again as Rex Grossman's primary backup. The veteran quarterback was used strictly for mop-up duty last year, entering six games but never seeing any meaningful snaps in his first campaign as a Bear. Though Griese is a capable QB who could fare well running Chicago's offense, Grossman clearly is the man there and that does not figure to change. Unless Grossman gets hurt or falters badly, Griese likely will spend another season holding the clipboard in the Windy City.
After two years of refusing to sign a veteran backup quarterback only to watch Rex Grossman suffer season-ending injuries, the Bears wisely inked Griese this offseason. Almost fully recovered from October knee surgery, the former Wolverine will enter 2006 as Grossman's backup. With the Bears set to win now, however, poor play from Grossman could lead to Griese getting the call. Having already proven he can step in and play well (20 TD passes in 10 starts with the Bucs in 2004), Griese would be worth adding if he takes over the starting job this season.
Griese is another quarterback salvaged from the scrap heap who made good in 2004 – to the tune of a five-year, $32 million contract this past February. Griese earned his money by throwing for 20 touchdowns and 2,632 yards in just 11 games, numbers that prorate to 29 TDs and 3,828 yards over a full 16. Griese doesn’t have outstanding physical tools – his arm isn’t great, and though he’s nimble in the pocket, he’s not much of a scrambler – but he’s got quarterback guru Jon Gruden for a coach, and given what Gruden was able to get out of Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson, it wouldn’t surprise us to see Griese pick up where he left off in 2004.
Depending on how one reads the tea leaves, Griese will either (a) backup Brad Johnson and serve as injury insurance for the 2004 Bucs, or (b) he'll push Johnson for the starting job. Our guess is that Giese will start as (a) in camp, but might turn into plan (b) if Johnson falters once the season starts.
Griese was sought after and brought to Miami by Dolphins management as there was a dire need to improve the back-up quarterback situation. Against the beliefs of many, Griese was not brought in to challenge Fiedler for the starting position. He does, however, hold one of the most important back-up roles in the NFL as starter Jay Fiedler is incredibly fragile and extremely injury prone. Griese will need to learn a new offense and be ready for action should something happen to Fiedler. If you are in a deep league and have Fiedler as one of your QB's, it might be wise to have Griese stashed away.
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QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
June 16, 2009
Griese was absent for the opening of Bucs minicamp on Tuesday, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
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Brian Griese: Won't Attend OTAs
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
May 11, 2009
The Bucs do not expect Griese to attend the first week of voluntary Organized Team Activities that begin Tuesday, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
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QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
April 27, 2009
Along with the signing of QB Byron Leftwich, the drafting of QB Josh Freeman in the first round of the NFL Draft does not bode well for Griese being a member of the Buccaneers in 2009.
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QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
April 13, 2009
With QB Byron Leftwich agreeing to the terms on a two-year contract with the Buccaneers Sunday, Griese's roster spot may be in jeopardy for the 2009 season, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
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QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
March 31, 2009
Griese missed the first day of the Buccaneers' voluntary three-day mini-camp Tuesday because his wife, Brook, is late in her pregnancy with their second child, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
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