The Facts: On Tuesday, the Buccaneers acquired sixth-year veteran Rattay from the 49ers in exchange for an undisclosed pick in the 2006 draft. The Bucs’ issues at quarterback arose suddenly, with the injury to starter Brian Griese’s left knee on Sunday, and the team had to act fast if it wished to keep all possible avenues of player acquisition open. The NFL’s trading deadline just happened to be 4:00 p.m. ET today.
Diehards Line:Rattay’s addition gives the Bucs’ four quarterbacks, including the injured Griese. Third-year man Chris Simms is expected to start during Griese’s absence. While the length of that absence hasn't been officially announced, it's been widely reported that he'll miss the rest of the season.