PewterReport.com began last week’s three-day Trade Bait series with quarterback Mike Glennon where it was noted that the Buccaneers would have no problem keeping the former third-round pick in 2013. However, Tampa Bay will draft a quarterback with the first overall selection in 2015 and the team believes Glennon would be a good backup because he is capable of winning games in the NFL with a better offensive line and running game.
But Glennon is itching for the opportunity to compete for a starting job somewhere and wouldn’t be the mentor for either Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston or Oregon’s Marcus Martiota that Josh McCown would be because of his desire to start. While Glennon isn’t the quarterback of the future for the franchise, it doesn’t mean that he’s not a quarterback in Tampa Bay’s future.
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht see value in Glennon’s experience and his upside working with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who has a great track record for developing pocket passers. Tampa Bay won’t just give Glennon away, but will entertain offers from other QB-needy teams, especially in a draft that is poor in quarterback quality and quantity after Winston and Mariota, who are both expected to be selected in the top 10.
Presently there are more teams that need quarterbacks than there are starting-caliber quarterbacks, and that’s where there could be a strong market for the 6-foot-6 signal caller. Here are a couple of potential partners with needs at the quarterback position that Tampa Bay could trade with:
Despite yet another head coach and general manager change, the Browns organization remains a mess, further compounded by spending a first-round pick on quarterback Johnny Manziel, who reportedly has an alcohol problem and struggled mightily in his first – and only – two NFL starts last year. Brian Hoyer likely won’t be back next year and the Browns may be desperate for another young QB to compete with Manziel for the right to start. In a draft class weak at the position after Winston and Mariota, trading for Glennon may be an ideal scenario.
New head coach Rex Ryan is inheriting E.J. Manuel, who appears to be more of a backup quarterback than the starter he was expected to become when he was Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2013. Kyle Orton, who beat Manuel out last year, retired this offseason. Ryan likes strong-armed quarterbacks and Glennon would bring that to Buffalo, in addition to experience and intelligence.
New York Jets
The former regime invested a second-round pick into Geno Smith, but he has not proven to be a starting-caliber quarterback and new head coach Todd Bowles may want this own guy. That may or may not be Mariota or Winston, and neither could be available when the Jets are on the clock with the sixth overall pick. Bowles spent the last two years in Arizona and saw what a no-nonsense quarterback looks like in Palmer. Glennon has some similar traits and is a film room guy that takes football very seriously.
Neither Ryan Fitzpatrick nor Ryan Mallett appears to be the answer in Houston, and Mallett could leave in free agency. Fitzpatrick was benched for Mallett late in the season, and there are plenty of folks in Houston that believe the quarterback position is holding the Texans back from making the playoffs. With Bill O’Brien’s ability to develop quarterbacks, a young passer, like Glennon with a nice TD:INT ratio, could be attractive for the team in 2015 and beyond.
The Titans have the second overall pick in 2015 and could use it on either Mariota or Winston, but the thinking here is that they will trade down or draft a defensive player because Ken Whisenhunt likes the potential of Zach Mettenberger, last year’s sixth-round pick. Having a young, experienced quarterback like Glennon on the team to compete with Mettenberger would be ideal and give the Titans options at QB in 2015, as well as more options in the draft, especially in the first round.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams are rumored to be interested in trading for Nick Foles to replace Sam Bradford. With a playoff-ready defense, St. Louis has to get the quarterback position right, and Glennon has an upside in addition to 19 games worth of starting experience over the past two seasons. If the Rams don’t acquire Foles in a trade, they could turn to Glennon, who deserves the right to compete for a starting job.
Carson Palmer signed a long-term contract extension prior to tearing his ACL last season. That injury derailed the Cardinals’ postseason run as the team was 9-1 prior to his knee injury, and just 2-5 down the stretch, including a playoff loss to Carolina in which Arizona mustered just 77 yards of offense. Licht knows general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians quite well, having spent two years with the Cardinals before becoming the Bucs G.M., and that relationship could help foster a trade for Glennon, who would be an upgrade over Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas, who appears to be a bust.
It’s hard to believe that neither Robert Griffin III nor Kirk Cousins is panning out in Washington, and that Colt McCoy may be the best QB right now for the Redskins. If Jay Gruden hits the reset button at quarterback and trades RGIII and or Cousins, they may want to restock with Glennon, a local kid from the D.C. area. Glennon is a smart, studious signal caller, which Gruden would greatly appreciate after dealing with Griffin last year.
The Bears aren’t enamored with Jay Cutler anymore, which is disappointing considering how big of a contract extension he was given last year. New coach John Fox has no allegiance to him although Cutler’s salary will likely demand that he’ll remain a Bear for at least 2015. Fox would be wise to try to acquire a future starter, and Glennon might remind him of his former starter in Carolina, pocket passer Jake Delhomme.
Tampa Bay would be ecstatic to land a second-round pick for Glennon, but would likely settle for a third-rounder and would take no less than a fourth-rounder if they really wanted to move him. That draft pick could be turned into a starting offensive lineman that could be used to protect Winston or Mariota in 2015.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
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