QB Rob Johnson To Visit Bucs On Friday

March 7 - Buccaneer Magazine has learned that former Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson will arrive in Tampa on Friday to meet with new head coach Jon Gruden and the Bucs' brass. Gruden has expressed an interest in brining in more quarterbacks to compete for the starting position.

Buccaneer Magazine has learned that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will entertain a visit from free agent quarterback Rob Johnson Friday morning and afternoon. Johnson was the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback this past season until he became injured. Johnson had split time as the starting QB with Doug Flutie from 1998-2000.

Johnson's visit means that new Bucs head coach Jon Gruden is apparently making good on his pledge on bringing in other quarterbacks to compete for the Bucs' starting job.

"That (the quarterback position) will be one of the most important things that I endure here in the next six to eight weeks," Gruden said on February 19. "I'm looking forward to meeting Brad Johnson and Shaun King. I'm looking forward to finding more quarterbacks that can come in here and compete. It will be a position that we scrutinize very carefully and we'll work to cultivate as many arms as we can in our program here."

Johnson was released by Buffalo prior to March 1 after a disappointing season filled with injuries and ineffectiveness. Johnson completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,465 yards with only five touchdowns and seven interceptions in his eight starts.

His best season was in 2000 when he started 11 of the 12 games he played in for the Bills and passed for 2,125 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

One of Johnson's biggest assets is his mobility, which Gruden seems to favor in his quarterbacks.

"I think it's a winning edge (having a mobile quarterback)," Gruden said. "The more things you can do, the more dangerous you are."

Gruden has already spoken highly of mobile third-year quarterback Shaun King, who is already in Tampa Bay's stable, and while he has said nothing negative of starter Brad Johnson, his lack of mobility may prompt the Bucs to replace him with another quarterback.

Johnson has already visited the Houston Texans, who are believed to be the front-runners for his services even though talks broke down last week.


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