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.