Earlier this offseason Bucs general manager Jason Licht revealed that the team had been receiving calls for quarterback Mike Glennon, who has started 19 games for Tampa Bay since being selected in the third round of the 2013 draft. When asked about Glennon, who some perceive as potential trade bait by the Bucs this year, especially if the team drafts a quarterback with the first overall pick, Licht reiterated how much the Bucs like him.
“We really like Mike Glennon,” Licht said. “He’s a very valuable piece of this organization and this team.”
Licht’s comment was rather ambivalent in the fact that Glennon could have value to the organization as a solid backup behind a rookie starter like Jameis Winston, whom many, including PewterReport.com, or as a valuable trade commodity. It is believed that the Bucs would ideally want a third-round pick for Glennon and wouldn’t settle for anything less than a fourth-rounder if the club decides to trade him.
Yet trading Glennon is not a foregone conclusion as Licht and the organization put a premium on having a backup quarterback that is capable of winning games in the NFL in case of an injury to the team’s starter. While Glennon only has a 5-14 record in his 19 NFL starts, he has thrown for 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his two years in the league.
If Glennon isn’t dealt by Day 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft there’s a strong chance that he’ll be Tampa Bay’s backup quarterback once again.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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