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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:

Cleveland Browns
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.

Buffalo Bills
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.

Houston Texans
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.

Tennessee Titans
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.

Arizona Cardinals
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.

Washington Redskins
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.

Chicago Bears
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.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

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: sr@pewterreport.com
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tomort1
tomort1
6 years ago

Glennon is one of the most accurate passers we ever had. With a good line and running game he will be great. He is one of the most intelligent, one of the tallest, and can be a great leader if given the chance. When we say “you are the future, then make moves that say your not the future anyone would shrink back a little. I say KEEP HIM AS STARTER and trade down to fill the the holes and stock up on quality back-ups for a bright future. jmho tom o

tjhuth
tjhuth
Reply to  tomort1
6 years ago

I agree with your assessment of Glennon and think he will be a great qb in this league. But I think his time in Tampa is done, primarily because Lovie didn’t stick with him once he got into the starting role. Glennon and others have taken a lot of heat for under-performing that I believe is 90+% the fault of our horrible oline. If we can trade Glennon and come out of it with a QUALITY offensive lineman (any position), then that is the way they need to go. Lovie will avoid looking bad, we will have a new QB… Read more »

tjhuth
tjhuth
Reply to  tjhuth
6 years ago

to clarify: Lovie will avoid looking bad — which he would if the BUCs keep him and he excels under a new offensive coordinator with a new oline.

inspecto
inspecto
Reply to  tomort1
6 years ago

I too agree with your assessment of Glennon. I think with the right people around him he could be atop 10 – 15 QB in this league and if we let him go will be repeating history. Williams, Young….

cbrady2k
cbrady2k
Reply to  tomort1
6 years ago

Glennon is an average QB… at BEST. You don’t skip out on a future franchise QB in order to hope that you might one day have a player that COULD be as good as Brad Johnson. With a good OL and running game and an elite defense Glennon could get the job done – but again, that’s a lot of ifs. Glennon isn’t a playmaker, he’s not going to win games for you, he’s a classic game manager and nothing more.

buclover1988
buclover1988
Reply to  cbrady2k
6 years ago

Bingo cbrady2k. I like him too, but no as the go to guy. Qbs gotta be able to play like crap but still be able to make plays to get the w. Glennon hasn’t shown that really. Hell I don’t wanna say it but even Freeman pulled some games out of his ass which allowed him to get the opportunity to be here for 4 yrs. Unfortunately by year 5 he had imploded and is now out of the league. We need a stud qb that can win games by himself on any given Sunday. Glennon can not do that.… Read more »

e
e
6 years ago

I think it would be a good idea to give Glennon a chance to be coached up by Koetter and then have him compete for the starting job through camp with Winston. The Bucs #1 priority is to finding a long-term starter at QB. Sure, he might be worth a third rounder this year, but if both QBs look good in the coming year, that could easily be turned into a first rounder in 2016. e

inspecto
inspecto
Reply to  e
6 years ago

Agreed

Garv
Garv
6 years ago

Certainly I would take no lower than a 3 for Mike. Interesting how many teams may be interested. And if the Buccaneers do take Jameis or Marcus at 1 I could understand trading him. But we ALL know they cannot afford to blow this.

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

It would be great if we could find one team that believes he could be a starter and rob them of a 3rd rounder

tomort1
tomort1
Reply to  jongruden
6 years ago

There is no was Lovie takes a chance on Jameis.

Buctebow
Buctebow
Reply to  jongruden
6 years ago

yeah buddy!! steal that 3rd round pick!

scubog
scubog
Reply to  jongruden
6 years ago

If Richie McKay can get a first round choice for Craig Erikson maybe a third rounder from your local Cardinals is a possibility. Use your influence out there JonnyG.

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
6 years ago

Logan Thomas a bust? he was considered a project to begin with… this new day & age of wanting everything yesterday is crazy…in the past players were not expected to contribute so early and had more time to develop… hell John Lynch didn’t come into his until his 4th & 5th season…

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

Some will look to which QB we will take first overall but to me the question of how much we will get in a trade for Glennon has the most intrigue when it comes to the upcoming draft. I have no idea what he’s worth to other teams. To me he’s worth a 5th rounder but I certainly think he has more overall value than Mark Barron and we got a 4th and 6th round pick for him. Then again, I felt Talib was worth a 2nd rounder (a 1st rounder if it weren’t for his off the field issues)… Read more »

cbrady2k
cbrady2k
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

I think simple supply and demand means a 3rd rounder is very likely, however lets say Peyton Manning retires, Denver already has a good team in place and Glennon could step right in and start, and with a good ground game, he could be a solid starter. In order to get the deal done they’d probably have to move their low 2nd round pick – so its not out of the question it could happen.

deeznuts
deeznuts
6 years ago

I HATE this trade talk of glennon (and martin). He will be glad to of gotten out of Tampa… He’s thrown more TD’s than INT’s by far despite being on prolifically bad offenses. Not to mention he was thrown into the fire during Freeman/Schiano armageddon and almost led us to victory over Seattle (SB champs that year) and Lovie disrespecting him by anointing McCown starer before the pads came on. He clearly is a better option than kirk cousins, or RG3 for that matter. Licht would be wise not to put all his eggs in one basket (rookie QB). surviving… Read more »

inspecto
inspecto
Reply to  deeznuts
6 years ago

We must keep Glennon and have open competition with which ever rookie they draft. PLEASE DO NOT TRADE THE MAN..

cbrady2k
cbrady2k
Reply to  deeznuts
6 years ago

Glennon has a good TD-to-INT ratio because he doesn’t make plays – he’s a game manager. For example look at the Dolphins game in his rookie year, at the end of the game he just throws the ball – on purpose – out of bounds. This helps his stats, but it didn’t help his team. Glennon isn’t going to win games without everything else being in place and being nearly perfect. Tampa has a chance to get a franchise QB, when you have that once in 25-year chance, you take it.

deeznuts
deeznuts
Reply to  cbrady2k
6 years ago

I disagree completely. A TD-INT ratio is a matter of efficiency, not a creed that determines madden rating. he doesn’t turn the ball over often, we need more playmakers at skill positions to bring the best out of any QB. He is the only QB in NFL history to throw 8TD’s in his first 8games. In 19 games, 18 starts he has thrown for 4000 yards and 29 TD (thats more TD and yards than Russell Wilson- not bad for a “game manager”) In addition- he had over 200 pass attempts in his first 5 career games. The stigma of… Read more »

scubog
scubog
Reply to  deeznuts
6 years ago

Deez: Did you ever see Steve Young in a Bucs uniform? The other Steve Young, who was an offensive lineman, was better. I get that he played on a bad team, but he showed no signs of who he became with the great 49er teams. Drafting Vinny Testaverde and getting a second round pick for Young was not thought to be a bad move at the time. No doubt Ray Perkins contributed to Vinny’s dwindling confidence and fragile psyche.After the Penn State game, a tyrant like Perkins was the last thing Vinny needed.

DrT1066
DrT1066
Reply to  scubog
6 years ago

Exactly!

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

I believe if we get a third he will be gone in a heartbeat and I would not take anything less. This team is always giving players away for much less then we paid. Glennon was a third, now he has some experience, we need to take nothing less. Barron was a first and we got a four and a six. The Buc’s will never build a team like that. What needs to be done is get better at scouting and drafting these players. Licht claims he is a ” meat” guy. I’ll give him a break last year about… Read more »

Buctebow
Buctebow
6 years ago

Trade Melman to Madagascar for all I care, just get a 3rd round pick, or better for him.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
6 years ago

The Bucs focus should be on cutting McCown and freeing up the cap space. I will continue to say this til the cows come home bc this move makes ZERO sense. Lets take a look at the numbers since after all they wont have any bias. McCown over the past 2 seasons has 24TD 15INTs an avg of 61 compPCT along with being 35yrs old and making 5 million. Meanwhile Glennon over the same span has 29TDs 15INTs an avg 59 compPCT while being 25yrs old and making a little over 1 million this season. Now you tell me which… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  stlbucsfan
6 years ago

The way I see it Stlbucsfan is that we can’t keep both of these QB’s. It’s a fact that McCown costs more but the salary cap is so high now to me salary is a non-factor in who we should keep. Based on history I’m coming to the conclusion that FA’s mostly suck so using the money we save by cutting McCown to buy a different FA doesn’t interest me. Now draft picks on the other hand aren’t guarantees either, but they’re cheap due to the CBA so they’re lower risk. There’s also much more that should be included in… Read more »

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

I would rather see Glennons 9 yard sack over McCown strip sack or lobbed INT while under duress any day.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  stlbucsfan
6 years ago

I’d rather see neither since they both represent horrible QB play. Hey that gives me an idea. How’s this for a compromise? Stlbucsfan, what do you think of the idea of cutting McCown, saving $5 million AND trading Glennon for a draft pick? We can use some of the $5 million to pick up a backup QB that preferably does neither of the things we just named like Colt McCoy or Jake Locker and use the draft pick on an O-lineman or nickel CB.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

LOL I get where you’re coming from. I’m just apparently in the minority that thinks Glennons numbers despite the coaching or lack thereof warrants another look. This will be his 3rd offense in 3 seasons and 4th OC. I think it’s hard to judge anyone fairly under those circumstances.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

Good idea Pink.

Buctebow
Buctebow
6 years ago

I think Melman would be fine as a backup, but I just can’t stand the Melman MOB anymore. He has to go for my sanity’s sake. I think he would rather go somewhere he would get a shot at starting anyway.

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

I’d look at all 9 teams that could be suitors for Glenn services I’d think that if Tampa takes a qb and Tenn takes a qb. Then I’d think Ny Jets at #6 or Chicago with coach fox their at #7 would be the choice. I believe that a 3rd rd or a 4th round selection would be a good fit.Also St Louis has already traded with Tampa giving up a 4th and a 6th. Would St Louis give up their 3rd rd pick to acquired Glenn.That would mean 9 picks. If St Louis pulled the trigger.This would mean St… Read more »

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

We have a Quarterback Coach and an Offensive Coordinator to be a mentor for Winston. The active QB’s should be just focused on themselves getting better and being competitive. McCown should be released and Glennon should stay as our back up until we find a QB who is better than Gennon to be a legit back up; so far I haven’t seen any available or in the draft after Winston and Mariota. Go Bucs!

inspecto
inspecto
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

I too agree with your assessment of Glennon. I think with the right people around him he could be atop 10 – 15 QB in this league and if we let him go will be repeating history. Williams, Young….
I know I already said this but if you do not learn from your history your bound to repeat it.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  inspecto
6 years ago

And that my friend Inspecto is why our beloved team stays at the bottom half of the league. How about striving to have a top 10 or even a top 5 QB for once? I do think Glennon could be effective on a team that is good enough that he can be his somewhat robotic self and just not make too many mistakes along with not making too many plays. I like the thought of Denver. Good kid. I hope he gets an opportunity.

inspecto
inspecto
6 years ago

I don’t favor a trade but if they take anything less than a 3rd will be dumb. How many ex Bucs were in the super bowl this year??

Bucko40
Bucko40
6 years ago

Glennon has won 3 or 4 games. If he was that accurate the Bucs would’ve won more games. The fact that Glennon failed to show up in the 2nd half of games speaks volumes. The Free Agency period is going to be really interesting. If the Bucs up another QB like Sam Bradford, Brian Hoyer, Mark Sanchez or Ryan Mallett. Then that would be a clear indicator that Marcus Mariota is the choice for #1 overall. The Bucs need that bridge QB and any of those 4 QB could work in the short term.

LVBUC2
LVBUC2
6 years ago

If we pick a QB with our first pick we need to trade Glennon, we are saying that 1st round qb is the qb of the future. Not enough room to have two developmental QBs.

fredster
fredster
6 years ago

Come on people Glennon is not the answer. I don’t know everything far from it but Glennon is not franchise QB material. Strong arm and a great backup that’s it. Hope we do something with him that really helps the Bucs. God help us if our starter goes down though. McCown was terrible. It’s laughable to me that even though Cutler and RG111 have struggled pewter report talks about glennon replacing them? Even Hill with the Rams was much better than Glennon IMO. Pocket breaks down he’s done. So awkward and no mobility plus hes a sack fumble waiting to… Read more »

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

People like to focus on the TD-Int. ratio as the mark of a good QB. Me, I’m old school, I pay more attention to what I see. With Glennon I see a QB who understands what to do as if he’s following the instructions on how to put together one of the sample structures that came with our Erector Set (remember those). Me, I want a guy who is able to toss out the paper and create on his own. It’s also nice when three completed passes don’t result in a 4th and 2 punt. It’s also nice to have… Read more »

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

I just have a hard time seeing Glennon as a franchise QB. IMO he is an immobile, not accurate below average QB. If you use stats, in which many people have said, stats are for losers, they can be interpreted many ways to fit the situation. If we can get a 3 for him I would trade him in a heartbeat. I would also dump McCown and pick up a cheaper model veteran QB and use the money in FA.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

I think most of us who want Glennon to stay is pertaining to him as a back up until we find another back up who has some NFL experience. McCown is not the answer as the back up. We can trade Glennon after we get a legit back up. That’s all I.m saying.

Uncle Stan
Uncle Stan
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

AMEN! Worse case scenario….. We trade Glennon. We now have zero QB’s with any experience. We draft Winston. Winston get convicted and/or league imposed suspension. We now have no QB If I was Glennon, I would want out of here as it’s quite obvious that Lovie doesn’t REALLY believe in him the way he has been mishandled by the Bucs since Lovie got here. The McCown appointment as the starter was like a slap in the face with a dead fish to Glennon. Just maybe if Lovie had fixed the OL when he first got here, we wouldn’t be having… Read more »

tjhuth
tjhuth
6 years ago

But if we can get a third round offensive lineman by trading Glennon an keep McCown as a backup, that may be better than just releasing McCown, keeping Glennon and losing an extra draft pick.

I am so glad none of these draft/FA decisions aren’t really mine. I’d be pulling what little I have left of my hair out in clumps!!!

tjhuth
tjhuth
Reply to  tjhuth
6 years ago

wow, what horrible grammar I used!
an for and
none of…aren’t
somebody get me a margaritta.

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