Leftwich signs with Tampa

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Quarterback Byron Leftwich, the former Jacksonville starter who visited the Redskins on April 3, has signed with Tampa Bay instead.

The 29-year-old District native, who starred at H.D. Woodson High and Marshall, opted for the Bucs since he will apparently have a chance to compete with the relatively unproven Luke McCown and 2008 rookie Josh Johnson and perhaps veteran Brian Griese to fill the starting spot vacated by the loss of Jeff Garcia to Oakland.

Leftwich visited the Redskins the same day that owner Dan Snyder and front office boss Vinny Cerrato met with incumbent quarterback Jason Campbell to assure him that he was still the starter in the wake of the team’s failed attempt to trade for Jay Cutler. The Redskins said that Leftwich was only be considered as competition for backups Todd Collins and Colt Brennan, not for Campbell.

Leftwich was a backup in Pittsburgh in 2008 after playing for Atlanta in 2007 following his release by the Jaguars where he lost his job to David Garrard in 2006.

— 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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