Lovie Smith praised the play of QB Mike Glennon - photo by: Cliff Welch/PREarlier 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.

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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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Buc on the Move
Buc on the Move
6 years ago

Trading Glennon for anything less than a third would be pretty dumb. You can argue “it” factor all you want, but football is a team sport, and Glennon hasn’t had much of a team around him. Without improving the other pieces of this team significantly, I don’t see Winston or anyone else having much success here either. Glennon is smart with the ball and improves every year so far. No matter who we put behind center, they are always one play away from IR. I agree that Glennon is valuable, so either get good value in a trade or keep… Read more »

bveghte
bveghte
6 years ago

Agreed Buc on the Move. And I wouldn’t even trade Glennon for a 3rd rounder unless we knew who we could sign to replace him, i.e. a seasoned vet who could mentor him. Josh McCown would have been perfect for that but way too expensive. Someone like Matt Hasselbeck would be great — someone of that ilk.

cremdonado
cremdonado
6 years ago

We need to hold on to Glennon ESPECIALLY if we are drafting a QB with the first~we need insurance and we know he has potential.We have time to move him~and unless someone offers anything less than a high 3rd we should hold on to him~he should still hold his trade value after the draft is done and the picks are in…

If JW is the pick and he gets busted raping strippers,we have a backup…If MM is the pick and ends up getting crushed while running for yardage(ala RG3),we have a back up~and a damn good one…Lets keep him around…

BucWild02
BucWild02
6 years ago

I think Mike’s professionalism makes him that much more valuable. He has gone through two years of tough situations. First his rookie season with Freeman and that whole debacle and eventually being thrown into the fire. Then last year with a new system, no OC, and an instant demotion in favor of McCown. I never heard anyone say Mike Glennon was anything but a true pro. That’s valuable to any organization. I say he’s at least worth a 2nd round pick, but the Bucs would be wise to keep him.

ayron54
ayron54
6 years ago

Wonder why nobody has thrown the scenario out there about us keeping glennon as our starting qb. Trade our first pick for multiple others draft a different qb in the later rounds but use our top picks we accumulated for offensive line and defensive line help. It would put us in a win now position and raise or talent level on the team by much more.

Bucmeister
Bucmeister
6 years ago

Ayron54 I agree with you 100% and have been saying it for weeks.Titans wanted both ones and Clev 2d rounder, but have been rebuffed by the Browns. Bucs should ask for the 2 #1’s and both their 4th rounders and next years second rounder. Clev wants to be able to draft a WR in second round this year.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Bucmeister
6 years ago

Do that and we keep wallowing in mediocrity hoping for another shot at a true top QB.

Ronald
Ronald
6 years ago

Licht has to be lying. They would not play him last year when we needed him, unless we were playing to lose to get the #1 draft choice. This is all BS.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

Can we all just admit that Glennon had sufficient opportunities to demonstrate he can be one of the top QB’s and failed to do that? We seem to want to point out the poor team around him, which is a valid argument. But I remember Archie Manning on those lousy Saints teams showing his worth regardless of his surroundings. Fact is, Glennon has shown that he will be a back-up QB who will keep himself prepared and be able to close out a game and not be the reason to lose it. He does have value because he is a… Read more »

Dbuc63
Dbuc63
Reply to  scubog
6 years ago

scubog- How are you quantifying having a new system and no OC? Any so called sufficient opportunities have to be measured with those 2 things mentioned as well as our weak OL.Your analogy with Archie is poor for that reason as well as the complexity of what QB’s need to be able to do PRESENTLY.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

Dbuc63: Glennon showed he wasn’t the answer when Schiano was HC with his OC. Those are all excuses for Glennon who showed little to wow anyone beyond a TD-Interception ratio. When a guy can’t beat out career back-up Josh McCown that tells me a lot. I’m sure the bad O-line and lack of OC had a negative effect. The great ones don’t need nirvana to succeed. But Glennon never did anything special on his own either. Perhaps you don’t remember the original Manning. He showed his QB skills in spite of the poor team he led.