Bucs Sign Backup QB Milanovich
Dec. 01, 1999
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in need of help at quarterback because of injuries to Trent Dilfer and Eric Zeier, signed Scott Milanovich to a one-year contract today.
Milanovich was with the Bucs from 1996-98, appearing in one game three years ago in which he completed 2 of 3 passes for 9 yards against the Detroit Lions. He was selected by Cleveland in the expansion draft last winter, but the Browns released him May 24.
Dilfer broke his right collarbone during last Sunday's 16-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks and probably will miss the remainder of the regular season. The Bucs plan to keep him on the 53-man roster in hopes he can return if the club makes the playoffs.
With Zeier still recovering from a rib injury, rookie Shaun King likely will start next Monday night's game against Minnesota. If Zeier, who will resume practice Thursday after being sidelined five weeks, is not healthy to play against the Vikings, Milanovich would move into the No. 2 job for the game.
The Bucs also worked out former Jaguars and Titans quarterback Steve Matthews, but coach Tony Dungy said Milanovich's familiarity with Tampa Bay's system was a prime consideration in bringing him back.
To make room for Milanovich, the Bucs waived receiver Yo Murphy. The team also released tackle DeMarcus Curry from the practice squad in hopes of re-signing Murphy if the rookie clears waivers.