Leftwich visits the Bucs

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Former Jacksonville starting quarterback Byron Leftwich, who visited the Redskins last Friday, has moved on to another team that lost out to Chicago in the Jay Cutler sweepstakes: Tampa Bay.

Leftwich, who has played for Atlanta and Pittsburgh since being cut by the Jaguars on the eve of the 2007 season, would likely have a better chance of competing to start for the Bucs than the Redskins. With Jeff Garcia having signed with Oakland, Tampa’s quarterbacks are the little-used Luke McCown, 2008 fifth-round draft pick Josh Johnson and former Denver and Chicago starter Brian Griese, now considered the third-stringer.

The Redskins maintain that they’re interested in Leftwich, who starred at Woodson High in the District, as competition for backups Todd Collins and Colt Brennan, not starter Jason Campbell.

Leftwich will likely re-sign with the Steelers as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger unless he believes another team will give him a true opportunity to start. Charlie Batch, whose season-ending injury caused Pittsburgh to sign Leftwich last year, is also a free agent.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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