Lovie Smith is always careful not to give too much information, but during his most candid interview since the offseason began the Buccaneer’s head coach revealed two things: the team has strong interest in drafting a new quarterback, and there’s outside interest in trading for their current quarterback.

Speaking at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix on Wednesday, Smith gave a considerable amount of praise to both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, further driving the belief that the Bucs will decide between the two come April 30th with the No. 1 overall pick. But thats been the assumption from those outside the organization since they clinched the selection during the Week 17 finale. With that came the question as to what they would do with Mike Glennon.

Bucs QB Mike Glennon was 0-3 on his final 3 passes against Cleveland - Photo by: Getty Images“We’ve been like that for a while where we’ve had the first pick and we’ve been taking calls for a long period of time and I assume that would go right up until the draft,” Smith told reporters Wednesday, per tampabay.com. “We want to have our quarterback position as strong as possible.”

Many thought the Bucs would try to trade Glennon during the free agency period, but after Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Castle and Shaun Hill  all signed elsewhere it appeared the team had lost their opportunity. It was after all the veteran quarterback shuffling that people really started to believe Smith and general manager Jason Licht, who have both said from the get-go, and continued to reiterate, that they want Glennon as part of their future.

“Mike Glennon is on our roster because we think he can play,” Smith said. “You need more than one good quarterback, I think that’s why Mike is there. No one is working harder than Mike Glennon at improving his body and becoming a better quarterback.”

Drafted in the third round in 2013, the NC State product has started 18 games over the past two seasons (5-13 record), compiling 4,025 yards passing with 29 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a completion percentage of 58.8. General belief is that Glennon’s trade value would garner a mid-round pick. And while it might seem unlikely that a team would give up a third or fourth rounder for a backup, just think back to the Cardinals situation last year, where they were down to Ryan Lindley for a home Wild Card playoff game.

But while Smith has admitted outside inquiry about Glennon, he’s remained firm on the team’s interest in keeping the third-year pro, if nothing else as a mentor to their rookie quarterback in 2015.

“Yes, you’re a veteran and you’ve been in the league,” Smith said. “You can help a young player coming in a little bit more.”

 

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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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Buctebow
Buctebow
6 years ago

I hope they trade Melman for OL that can play now, not just a draft pick, but whatever, I’ll be happy for him to go back to Madagascar, to shut up the MGM. He doesn’t have “it” and he will never have “it” Cut your losses now Bucs, while there are stupid teams with interest.

Buc on the Move
Buc on the Move
6 years ago

Just don’t give him away for nothing. Though his win/loss record isn’t great, and his comp% could be higher, his TD/INT ratio shows he is a capable backup at worst. With a better O-line that can not only protect, but open up a running game (something we haven’t had since Glennon got here), Glennon is better than alot of the QBs out there. Name a QB who has “it” without an OL or running game. Neither will JWinston or Mariota if we don’t get those pieces fixed.

Buc on the Move
Buc on the Move
6 years ago

Besides, if we let Glennon go, then who will back up our new savior?

DCGoth
DCGoth
Reply to  Buc on the Move
6 years ago

I think, ultimately, it would be best to trade Glennon while there could be interest. It would be best for him as well as the team.

As far as a backup / mentor, maybe sign some aging clipboard Jesus, who could stand in in the case of injury, but would also be a better mentor to someone coming just out of college. (Not really sure which aging QB would fit, but would look to someone who will bring a positive and supportive attitude to the QB Room.)

GoldsonAges
GoldsonAges
6 years ago

Problem with Glennon is his ultra thin frame. He needs to beef up considerably and it is not an easy thing for him to do.

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

So you want Glennon for a fourth rounder?, hmmm, throw in a pack of bubble gum and you got yourself a DEAL!!!!

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  jongruden
6 years ago

Jon I actually think we can get a third for him. The qb position is so bad right now. Hell mcclown just got singed for 5 million a year again.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

I wouldn’t have much of an issue with Glennon remaining our back-up QB if Licht isn’t able to get at least a 4th round pick for him. He has the right demeanor for the role.