Bucs Pursue Bears Free-Agent QB Miller

March 10 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be closer to finding a quarterback to back up Brad Johnson next season, but it's not Shaun King. According to a published report, the Bucs will bring Bears free-agent QB Jim Miller in for a visit this week and he'll likely be offered a contract if he passes a physical. In other news, free safety Dexter Jackson might be close to signing with a team. Will it be the Bucs?

Tampa Bay's first two free-agent signings addressed needs on its offensive line, and now it looks like the Bucs are ready to turn its attention to the quarterback position, where the Pewter Pirates have just two signal-callers (Brad Johnson and Greg Zolman) under contract.

According to ESPN, the Buccaneers will bring Bears free-agent QB Jim Miller to Tampa for a visit this week and if he passes a physical, he'll likely become Brad Johnson's primary backup next season.

Joe Linta, Miller's agent, was unavailable for comment when Pewter Report attempted to contact him about this story.

A 10-year veteran, Miller (6 feet 2, 225 pounds) 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 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. He also recently underwent offseason shoulder and foot surgery.

The Bucs lost free-agent backup QB Rob Johnson to the Washington Redskins a few weeks ago and QB Shaun King is testing the free-agent waters. The team would like to add at least one quarterback to its roster before head coach Jon Gruden's quarterback orientation begins in mid-March.

The Bucs are interested in re-signing King, but the Chicago Bears have expressed interest in obtaining his services.

Miller entered the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994. He attended college at Michigan State.

In other news, ESPN is also reporting that Bucs free-agent free safety Dexter Jackson is close to signing a five-year, $12.5-million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Arizona Cardinals are also interested in signing Jackson and may match that offer. The Bucs are interested in re-signing the Super Bowl XXXVII MVP, but the team hasn't made him a priority in free agency.


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