After serving as the third quarterback behind Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon in his first two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ryan Griffin began the preseason with hopes of beating out Ryan Fitzpatrick for the backup job. That competition came to an end during the team’s preseason opener, as Griffin sprained his right shoulder against the Cincinnati Bengals. Yet even with the injury, the Buccaneers announced Wednesday that they have signed Griffin to a one-year contract extension.
Griffin is now under contract through the 2018 season, and Tampa Bay will in all likelihood have three quarterbacks on its 53-man roster. Given his injury status, it’s possible that the Buccaneers transfer Griffin over to injured reserve after submitting their 53-man roster, according to Roy Cummings of Florida Football Insiders.
Doing this would allow the team to keep Griffin while opening up a roster spot, and if needed he could be removed from injured reserve (provided he’s healthy) after six weeks.
Griffin, who was tendered by the Buccaneers in early March, was considered to be the primary option to back up Winston in the aftermath of Glennon’s signing with the Chicago Bears. Tampa Bay would eventually sign Fitzpatrick in mid-May, creating competition for the backup job, but they still saw value in Griffin.
Griffin, who began his career with the New Orleans Saints after a career at Tulane in which he broke multiple program records, has yet to take a snap during a regular-season game in the National Football League.