Former Bucs general manager and current ESPN NFL analyst Mark Dominik believes backup quarterback Mike Glennon’s days are numbered in Tampa Bay and that he has the chance to cash in as a free agent – big-time.

“I would sit there and say – and I’m listening more to Adam Schefter – that Adam seems to feel confident he’ll get an offer between $13-15 million a year,” Dominik said. “I believe it. I’ve said that I think there are eight or nine teams if you really look around the league that have a quarterback issue.

“There are a lot of interesting quarterbacks that will be available. What’s going to happen with Tony Romo? What’s going to happen with Glennon? What’s going to happen with Jay Cutler and Tyrod Taylor? And this draft class has guys that are going to be taken, but with the carousel of all those players I think it means that Glennon gets a shot to start somewhere.”

Bucs QB Mike Glennon – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Among those eight or nine teams that could have a need for Glennon’s services in 2017 are possibly Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago, the New York Jets, Buffalo and Houston. The Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals could also use a long-term solution at the quarterback position behind Philip Rivers (35) and Carson Palmer (37), respectively.

Dominik, who drafted Glennon in the third round in 2013, noted it takes just two teams – one to drive the price and one to ultimately sign the North Carolina State product – for him to cash on.

“I can see that because of the amount of openings that there are right now and the questions you have on Tony Romo’s health, Jay Cutler’s leadership and Tyrod Taylor’s overall body of work,” Dominik said. “But with Mike he’s a little bit better athlete than people realize, he’s got good arm talent, he’s a great, super-smart kid and handled the backup role well by prepping himself every week and being ready to go. He’s checked all the boxes to say I think I can trust this guy and I want to see what he can be.”

Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler cashed on a brief stint as Denver’s starter in 2015 and received a four-year contract worth $72 million, including $37 million in guaranteed money from the Texans this past offseason. Osweiler’s average over the first two years is $18.5 million, which puts him in the ballpark of Cutler and Romo, two quarterbacks that could be cut due to such a high cap number without much production.

Osweiler was 5-3 as a starter in Denver, but was benched in favor of Peyton Manning once the future Hall of Famer returned to health and didn’t play in the postseason during the Broncos’ Super Bowl championship run. In 2015, Osweiler completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,967 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in the first eight starts of his then four-year career.

Glennon is a much more accomplished quarterback with an 84.6 career QB rating. In mop-up duty against Atlanta in a 43-28 loss on November 3 this season, Glennon completed 10-of-11 passes (90.9 percent) for 75 yards and a touchdown in his only action in 2016.

But in four years in Tampa Bay, Glennon has completed 374-of-630 passes (59.4 percent) for 4,100 yards with 30 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions. As a 13-game starter as a rookie in 2013, Glennon completed 59.4 percent of his throws while passing for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions while leading the Bucs to four wins. As a part-time starter in 2014, Glennon completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 1,417 yards with 10 touchdowns and six picks.

Bucs QB Mike Glennon – Photo by: Getty Images

That year he went 1-5 as a starter with the lone win at Pittsburgh in come-from-behind fashion. Glennon did not play in any games in 2015 as Winston went wire-to-wire as a starter.

“In this league, we all know if you don’t have a quarterback you’re in trouble and that’s why Mike’s going to get a shot,” Dominik said. “He can end up being a bridge to a team that still drafts a quarterback and maybe he plays for two years and if he’s great what’s the worst thing that can happen to that team? They have two quarterbacks.”

Head coach Dirk Koetter believes Mike Glennon is an NFL starting-caliber quarterback, and the Bucs would love to keep him. But with Jameis Winston entering his third year in the league and a big, long-term deal coming for him in the not too distant future, Tampa Bay won’t pay starter money to a backup quarterback.

Instead, the Bucs are expected to re-sign Ryan Griffin, last year’s third-string quarterback who will also be an unrestricted free agent, to compete for the backup job behind Winston. He’ll come much cheaper due to his lack of playing time in the league.

Tampa Bay also signed Sean Renfree, a former backup quarterback in Atlanta from 2013-15, who has spent time with Koetter. Renfree will compete with Griffin for the No. 2 job.

While Bucs general manager Jason Licht didn’t trade Glennon for a draft pick despite some interest in him from other teams over the past two years, Tampa Bay will likely receive a third-round compensatory draft pick in 2018 if Glennon cashes in on a lucrative deal in 2017.

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4 years ago

I don’t doubt that someone will give Mike a deal in the neighborhood Schefter has talked about. And if he reaches his potential, a team could be happy with that. To me, if things break right, Mike could be an immobile Alex Smith (not in specific skill set exactly, but as far as how the Chiefs use him) – give him limited, short reads, and only ask him to make occasional throws very far downfield, and I think he could play reasonably well if the team around him carries them. Have him focus on limiting mistakes and not trying to… Read more »

4 years ago

Glennon is a smart guy. I hope he gets his chance elsewhere and is successful. I fault the Buc’s for not going ahead and trading him during the season if they got a 2rd or even 3md round offer for this years draft.

Buc 1976
4 years ago

With the right TEAM he could do very well. As far as the Bucs backup QB draft Kelly Ol Miss Qb in 7th round, or maybe try to get Tampa Native Aaron Murry from KC be broke almost every record Payton set in the SEC.

4 years ago

Or… Maybe he will want to be on a team that is up and coming. That’s the BUCS folks. Get paid 6-7 million to assist QB coach and hold a clip board and be ready to ball when needed. I’m a big Glennon fan and I would like to keep him around. He could have some gravy duties for years. Is he an franchise QB ? HMMM…. Maybe not. Or… He goes to a team that needs a QB , those teams suck , and get the tar smacked out of him on a weekly basis. GM’s all over the… Read more »

4 years ago

Pretty good assessment tofamiliar17.
Glennon has really good touch on he ball, something Winston needs to develop more of, but he just doesn’t seem to be dynamic enough to be a long time starting QB in the NFL.
He was given a chance to take over the team in 2104 but he lacked that dynamic quality the Bucs and other NFL teams know a QB must have.
I wish him well, but I sure wouldn’t pay him 12 mill a year to be a “game manager.”

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4 years ago

In the 2015 season, a lot of folks labeled Matt Ryan a “game manager” (passer rating in the high 80s – the realm of “game managers”) …. and this year he’s in the Super Bowl and a lock for MVP of the league, with a passer rating of 117. Coaching and supporting players can and usually do make a huge difference in quarterback performance. and overall team performance, even when the QB is a mere “game manager”. By the way, in his first three seasons, and five of his first seven season as a starter at NE, Tom Brady was… Read more »

4 years ago

I’m not as convinced Mike Glennon will fail. We know that he had poor coaching when he was a part year starter at the Bucs. He’s had good coaching, but only as a backup, since then, and his limited action this year showed that he can move the ball. The poor experience with Osweiler certainly doesn’t help the market value of someone like Glennon with limited starting experience, but that’s neither here nor there, someone will likely bring him in, even if only on a shorter term contract with starter money, while drafting a young quarterback in a value round… Read more »

4 years ago

I just don’t see what some of you see in Glennon. For me he has shown a clear picture he will be sacked a lot as he is slow as molasses. I wish him the best; time to get a QB who resembles more of a mobile QB.

Alldaway 2.0
4 years ago

Glennon has a better touch on the ball than Osweiler but Glennon takes too many sacks.

QB’s that have still succeeded in the NFL despite having a high sack rate either able to gain huge chunks of yardage through the air or ground.

Glennon is not a game manager QB, because he takes too many sacks.