The basis for Cummings’ expectation stems from the team’s likely desire to mix a veteran into the position since both quarterbacks currently under contract with the Bucs each have less than one full season’s worth of game experience.
On Monday, Tampa Bay signed former Eagles QB Mike Kafka, who has not played in an NFL game since being injured in the 2012 preseason. Kafka, a 2010 fourth-round pick, appeared in 4 games for the Eagles in 2011.
Mike McCartney, Kafka’s agent, stated that Kafka chose to sign with Tampa Bay over Dallas because they felt that if “Mike plays well, they’ll keep three“, referring to the number of quarterbacks Tampa will keep on the 53-man roster for the 2014 season.
In an article for the Tampa Tribune, Cummings acknowledged that neither Head Coach Lovie Smith nor GM Jason Licht have commented on their plans for the QB position in 2014, but it does appear that the team is setting up to add a veteran with substantial experience.
Mike Glennon, a third-round pick out of North Carolina State, played in 13 games for the Buccaneers last season after HC Greg Schiano benched Josh Freeman. The Buccaneers also had Dan Orlovsky, but he is set to become an unrestricted free agent.