"It's hard to fathom that the league essentially turned its back on Shaun King after one lousy game against Pittsburgh, but that's what happened. To not have one team step forward with a one- or two-year deal worth maybe $100,000 more than the league minimum is amazing considering that King was a former second-round pick and has won more games than he has lost. I suppose it's a good deal for the Bucs considering he signed a one-year deal for the league minimum, but after only being the No. 3 quarterback for most of last season, there's no guarantee that he'll even make Tampa Bay's 53-man roster after the preseason."
Pewter Report Managing Editor Leo Haggerty:
"It looked like quarterback Shaun King had seen his last game in pewter and red. With the Bucs' recent signings of former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Miller and ex-Washington Redskins signal-caller Shane Matthews as well as newly acquired QB Greg Zolman it would have seemed to the novice football observer that the Pewter Pirates would have no interest in re-signing the St. Petersburg, Florida native. The Buccaneers gave King a one-year deal and this is a good move for the Bucs for one simple reason. He is the only quarterback, other than starter Brad Johnson, who knows the system, and we saw last year how hard it was to master Gruden's complex offensive terminology. Mathews and Zolman will have to learn on the run while Miller won't be throwing until possibly training camp due to surgery at the end of the 2002 season. King may still be in the mix when all he dust clears in September."
Pewter Report Assistant Editor Jim Flynn:
"Quarterback Shaun King is back with the Bucs, but there's no guarantee he'll secure a spot on Tampa Bay's 53-man roster next season, especially since his one-year deal worth the league minimum makes him expendable. While King should be considered the frontrunner for the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter Brad Johnson due to his familiarity with head coach Jon Gruden's offensive system, the former Tulane superstar will face stiff competition from Shane Matthews and Jim Miller. The one thing that bodes well for King is the fact that Miller, who's recovering from torn rotator cuff surgery, won't be able to throw until June or July, and first-year QB Greg Zolman won't likely stick around due to his inexperience. But the Bucs don't want King to earn a job by default. The team wants him to live up to the expectations they had for him when they selected him in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. It should be interesting to see what King can do in his second year in Gruden's offense."