Buccaneers sign QB Brett Ratliff to Practice Squad - Josh Freeman getting ready?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed QB Brett Ratliff to the practice squad according to Baltimore Ravens beat writer Aaron Wilson. Ratliff went undrafted in 2007 and has spent a couple of years with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. He has never played a regular season game.

The Bucs had an open practice squad spot after re-signing QB Rudy Carpenter to the active roster. It's possible they signed Ratliff simply to take snaps during practice, but that would suggest something else: the Bucs might just be without Josh Freeman a little longer.

Normally, the Bucs carry three quarterbacks to have enough quarterbacks to run practices. With Josh Freeman missing last Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, his availability at least for this week's practices must be in question. That would explain signing a fourth quarterback in Brett Ratliff. And if this Freeman's practice availability is in question, his game availability must be too.

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