TAMPA — The Buccaneers began the process of securing challengers for projected starting quarterback Mike Glennon on Monday by signing former Northwestern University and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka.
Kafka, who has not played in an NFL game since breaking his non-throwing hand in the 2012 preseason, was a 2010 fourth-round pick of the Eagles.
He passed up a chance to sign with the Cowboys to join Tampa Bay, agent Mike McCartney said, because the Bucs might keep three quarterbacks on their roster.
Smith often kept three quarterbacks when he coached the Bears, and Bucs general manager Jason Licht came from Arizona, which kept three quarterbacks last year.
Neither Smith nor Licht has said what the plans are for the quarterback position, where Glennon started the final 13 games as a rookie last year after being drafted in the third round.
Kafka, who is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, was with the Patriots and Jaguars prior to 2013, but was not on an NFL roster during the regular season.
“Mike hasn’t played in a while, so we were just looking for a team right now,” McCartney said. “But who knows? If Mike plays well he could be the No. 2. But we have confidence that if Mike plays well, they’ll keep three.’’
In other transactions Monday, the Bucs waived guard/tackle Gabe Carimi, running back Michael Hill and quarterback Jordan Rodgers and released defensive tackle Derek Landri.