The Bucs and free-agent QB Jim Miller agreed to terms on a one-year contract on Friday. The deal is worth about $650,000.
Miller won't be able to throw until June or July due to offseason shoulder surgery, but he's still expected to compete with former teammate Shane Matthews and first-year QB Greg Zolman for the primary backup job behind starter Brad Johnson.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Miller spent the last five seasons with the Chicago Bears where he started 26 of the 32 games he played in. Miller has completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 6,387 yards and he's tossed 36 touchdowns and 31 interceptions during his 10-year career.
Chicago released the 32-year-old quarterback last month in a salary-cap maneuver. Miller, who's been plagued by injuries in recent years, played in just 10 games last season.
With the addition of Miller, Tampa Bay will have four quarterbacks under contract, but they aren't going to necessarily stop adding arms to its roster, especially since Miller's isn't functioning yet.
Tampa Bay may still try to re-sign free-agent QB Shaun King since his price tag has dropped significantly. Tampa Bay's 1999 second-round draft pick hasn't received much interest on the free agent market and most teams have filled their vacancies at starting quarterback, a position King was seeking.
While Bucs head coach Jon Gruden likes veteran quarterbacks, the team will likely draft a signal-caller in April. Without counting Zolman, Tampa Bay's average age at quarterback is 33.
The Buccaneers are expected to officially announce Miller's signing on Monday.