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The Buccaneers unloaded strong safety Mark Barron, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, to St. Louis in a trade for fourth- and sixth-round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay also dealt linebacker Jonathan Casillas and their sixth-round pick to New England for the Patriots’ fifth-rounder.

With the NFL Draft less than three months away, what other Buccaneers could be dealt in an effort to stockpile picks and fill the team’s many holes by rebuilding through the draft? Over the next three days, PewterReport.com will look at the top three players that could be on the trading block this spring, starting with quarterback Mike Glennon, who has started 19 games over the past two seasons.

Why There Is A Market For Glennon
After starting 13 games as a rookie, Glennon got off to a hot start before cooling off in the month of December, finishing with 2,608 passing yards with a respectable 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The North Carolina State product compiled a QB rating of 83.9 while completing 59.4 percent of his passes.

With the new Bucs’ regime bringing in veteran starter Josh McCown from Chicago, where he had a previous relationship with head coach Lovie Smith, Glennon did not the chance to compete for the starting job. Yet during the third game of the season, Glennon was forced into the lineup after McCown severely sprained his right thumb, which would knock him out of action for the next five games.

Glennon engineered a comeback win at Pittsburgh the following week, but lost his next four starts while completing 57.6 percent of his passes for 1,417 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. The fact that Glennon has played in 19 NFL games over the past two seasons, while passing for 4,025 yards with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions makes him an attractive quarterback to deal, especially in a year where finding a good quarterback in free agency or the NFL Draft – outside of top picks Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota – is rare.

Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just four years speaks to Glennon’s intelligence. He has a strong enough arm to make all of the throws, and has plenty of height at 6-foot-6 to throw over the offensive line. Glennon has yet to have the opportunity to compete for the starting job and take reps with the first-team offense in training camp and the preseason in his two years in Tampa Bay, which has stunted his growth. Some quarterback-needy NFL teams have to view Glennon with a lot of upside.

Why The Bucs May Want To Keep Glennon
Glennon has proven to be a decent backup-type quarterback in the NFL thus far, and with better offensive line play, he might have what it takes to develop into a starting-caliber passer with more time to throw and more experience. The Bucs’ brass believes in having a backup quarterback that is good enough to step in and win some games and not have a season automatically go down the tubes if the starter is lost for several games with an injury.

Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht surely paid attention to Arizona this past year where his good friends and former teammates Bruce Arians and Cardinals general manager Steve Keim saw quarterback Carson Palmer get the team off to a 9-1 start before tearing his ACL. The Cardinals struggled at quarterback and went 2-5 down the stretch, including a 27-16 loss in the playoffs to Seattle in which Arizona gained just 77 yards of total offense.

New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has a reputation for developing pocket passers and has already praised Glennon, suggesting he has some Matt Ryan-like qualities. While Koetter’s offense thrived with an upper echelon quarterback like Ryan in Atlanta, he’s had success before with less talented quarterbacks in Jacksonville like David Garrard and Quinn Gray, in addition to the likes of Sam Keller, Andrew Walter and Rudy Carpenter at Arizona State.

What Should The Bucs Do With Glennon?
Unless Licht can really get something of real value for Glennon, such as a third-round pick at least, the Bucs may be better off hanging on to the third-year quarterback for another year. If Tampa Bay can finagle a third-rounder – or better yet, a second-round pick – it should pull the trigger and deal Glennon for two reasons.

The first of which is that Tampa Bay plans on drafting a quarterback – likely Winston, but possibly Mariota. That selection will be the true franchise quarterback of the future – not Glennon. With several holes to fill on a 2-14 football team, the Bucs would be better off turning a backup quarterback into a high draft pick that could used on a potential starting offensive lineman, defensive player or wide receiver.

The second reason is that Glennon was not thrilled that he didn’t get the chance to compete for the starting job upon McCown’s arrival, nor was he happy that he got benched for McCown down the stretch. Glennon does not want to be a backup quarterback in Tampa Bay or anywhere, and probably would not be as helpful to or welcoming of Winston or Mariota as an older veteran like McCown would be.

Glennon may not be dealt prior to the draft, but he could be traded during the draft outright or packaged in a deal with another draft pick to move up a round or within a round. With the team prepared to spend a first-round pick on a quarterback, Glennon’s days in Tampa Bay appear to be numbered.

However, the Bucs like Glennon too much to just give him away. The price has to be right for Glennon to get the opportunity to go elsewhere to compete for the right to start.

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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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pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

I’d take any draft pick for Glennon or McCown so to possibly get a 3rd rounder for Glennon would be outstanding. We definitely have the leverage in any potential trade because we can just say to another team, “Hey, we still have McCown if you don’t want to pony up a 3rd round pick for Glennon”. Also, I thought J. Casillas played well for us last season both at SLB and special teams. The trade to the Patriots obviously looks horrible now since we ultimately only moved up one draft spot but even at the time I wondered why we… Read more »

Morgan
Morgan
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

won’t get anything better than a fifth for him…..Bucs need to decide if Winston starts next season or allow him to sit for half the season…in any case, Glennon would be the better option than McCown….Koetter says Glennon is most like Matt Ryan and I think Koetter would get more out of his game than anything we’ve gotten out of McCown.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
6 years ago

This will go down as another stupid Bucs move if we move Glennon and chose to keep McCown as a backup. For the last time STOP investing in players that have proven NOTHING while in uniform. Glennon if nothing else has shown he can step in and produce when needed. If whoever we draft cant fend off Glennon for the starting job then they are not worthy to start and that goes for Jameis. I could careless how “helpful” McCown is in the film room, thats what we have coaches for. Unless hes better than Glennon, which hes not, this… Read more »

JackinJersey
JackinJersey
Reply to  stlbucsfan
6 years ago

Truer words were never spoken stl.

deeznuts
deeznuts
Reply to  stlbucsfan
6 years ago

Thank you for putting all of my feelings into one post. I agree 100%. I can’t see two rookies outplaying mike Glennon and Doug Martin..both of whom are in make or break contract years in their physical prime

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Ok, I going to step off into the deep end and guess this is a 3 part series about Glennon, Doug Martin, and Vincent Jackson.

We saw last night that coaches can make some of the most bone-headed decisions possible. I’m not going to say what they will or should do, but quiet as kept, expect the unexpectable! (not a word but makes my point)

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

The guy that should be on this list, but probably not is Logan Mankins. Admittedly, at his age (soon to be 33) and his salary, there probably isn’t much of a market for him. The guy simply doesn’t want to be here and after last night could you blame him? JoeBucsFan did an interview with Mankins where he pined about missing his old teammates and the outdoor BBQs he did often with them. This wasn’t a trade but a banishment by Belichick because he refused to take a salary cut. Brady and his teammates want him back and has said… Read more »

tjhuth
tjhuth
6 years ago

Wow, didn’t Bennett look like a stud last night. So did Blount (while admittedly not the same caliber player as Bennett). I remember many of you posters thought Blount stunk and wanted to get rid of him when he was here. Some even want Bennett gone. Personally, I liked bothand hated when they left. IMO, if the BUCs trade Glennon he will prove to be the same caliber of player as Bennett. The problems Glennon and our RBs (who everyone wants to get rid of now) have is not theirs, it is the fault of a really, really bad OL… Read more »

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

I saw Mike Glennon Fri at the NFL Experience and had no desire to meet the guy. I like Glennon’s height and can make every throw on the route tree. I don’t like his lack of leadership with team and he zero escape ability if ONE pass rusher beats his guy, he lacks that “IT” factor for me personally and the fact Lovie went with the old journeyman instead of a young unproven guy in his second yr who had shown signs of a qb pretty much says it all even after McCown stunk up the place towards the end… Read more »

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

I believe the writing is on wall, Glennon will be traded but I would not take anything less then a third. He does have value as he is cheap and can be used as a backup. We need a couple of extra picks to fix the O-Line.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  KINDERRT
6 years ago

I tend to agree. Glennon should get a third. The draft is terrible this year at qb after the first two , so glennon does have some value. A third would be great, I’m expecting a fourth though.

JackinJersey
JackinJersey
6 years ago

Here’s a point that has NEVER come up on this site which is very true, this kid has not had one day of adequate NFL caliber coaching in his two seasons. What’s the big rush in moving him, this team’s not going anywhere next season. Let him work with Coach Kottier for at least a season to see who he is.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
Reply to  JackinJersey
6 years ago

Only in Tampa does moving a young, proven, cost controlled QB make sense.

buclover1988
buclover1988
Reply to  JackinJersey
6 years ago

Lol very true jackinjersey. But he’s a statue. Peyton Manning may be a statue but he at least can move around in the pocket. I wanna like glenon. But both mariota and Winston are elite talents And are far and away better. But I see your point for sure and wonder what koetter can do with glennon. I think we should keep him for depth. He can be mad about his situation all he wants, but he shouldn’t care. Just play football and prove your the real deal.

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

The kid has some weak areas you never want to see in a qb 1. lack of leadership 2. lacks “it” factor 3. Can’t avoid rush of any kind

Pinnaql3
Pinnaql3
Reply to  jongruden
6 years ago

What’s the “it” factor?!

ColoradoBuc
ColoradoBuc
Reply to  Pinnaql3
6 years ago

See? It’s not there!

Buctebow
Buctebow
6 years ago

The same way I got tired of the Hernandez and Ray Rice stories and Deflate-gate, I am even more tired of hearing from the Melman MOB. Please trade him for a 3rd, 4th, or a serviceable guard (or really anything) and the controversy will cease at long last.

kram0789
kram0789
6 years ago

Lovie went with McCown down the stretch because he said McCown gives us the best chance to win; but he never said what he was trying to win. Maybe McCown gave us the best chance to win the first pick. hehehe. Glennon will play as well as he can where ever he is because he has no choice. With better OL play he could be good enough to produce a winning record and could be a serviceable QB while we get the many additional pieces we need. Trade down, amass a lot of extra picks for this year and next.… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

If I hear one more person say “Let’s see what we’ve got” with Glennon I’ll go crazy. He’s started 18 games for the Bucs and played in 19 and that doesn’t even include the preseason. If you want to see what he’s got go watch/re-watch those games. Nineteen games in today’s NFL is a very fair audition. K. Cousins played in 14 games with 9 starts and everyone has seen enough of him to know he’s not a franchise QB.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
6 years ago

I have to agree with @pinkstob on that one…I have seen plenty of Glennon and I know he is a backup QB….a pretty descent backup, and last I checked we had a roster spot for a backup QB…so, sure we should trade him if we get an offer that allows us to increase the overall performance of the team (i.e., get a starter, or a draft pick high enough that could legitimately become a starter)…but we should not trade him for some low round pick that will sit on our practice squad or become a 3rd stringer…proof of that insanity… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
6 years ago

And one last chance to lament…quote from Josh McDaniels “Michael Bennett—he’s one of the best defensive linemen we’ve faced—created some problems for us in the first half. He’s as good a down player as we’ve played all year”….did I ever mention how much I hate Schiano…

Garv
Garv
6 years ago

I agree with Scott in that it should take a third round pick or better to trade him. Anything less, he should stay IMO.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

It would be bothering to trade Glennon and keep McCown. I’m all for getting a 3rd or high 4th round pick for Glennon. I hope we bring their replacement as a backup so someone can learn the OC playbook before draft day.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

I always liked Ron Wolf’s philosophy of drafting a QB, developing him and trading him. Often they bring more than they are really worth. One need only remember how we got a first round pick for Craig Erikson for crying out loud. I’ll be shocked if Mike Glennon brings anything more than a fourth and a player. JonnyG’s assessment is absolutely the same as mine. Glennon is just too robotic for me. He’s the guy who does it by the script, afraid to ad-lib and will never be the author. Perfect to come off the bench in an emergency.

magoobee
magoobee
6 years ago

I see the future because it is the same as the past. Current management trades away everything the previous regime drafted. Gets picks, drafts crap, gets fired. Then start the process all over again.

Realistically, we are going to suck next year. Keep Glennon and McCown. Draft a ton of OL. Because it really does not matter the QB without an OL. And also a BIG RB that can block and batter a DL.

If the Bucs do draft a QB with the #1 pick, he will be a bust. At least in Tampa.

Pinnaql3
Pinnaql3
6 years ago

Keeping an expensive McCown to be a QB coach while taking up a precious roster spot while giving away a cheap and more talented QB is completely insane. Glennon has only proven that he couldn’t be SuperMan is his first two seasons in the League while, by my account, having played 2 bad games that cost this Team wins: His 1st game in the League and the game vs Cleveland this season. But fans here have seen enough while completely ignoring the fact that he’s not played with a competent offensive line or offensive coordinator. I sense history will repeat… Read more »

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

Tampa gave up on Barron a high draft choice.So trade Mike Glennon Because Tampa would select MMariota or Jameis Winston. I’d still go after RB from Arizona in Rd-2(34)GO BUcs

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

Again speaking of Cleveland if Tampa went another direction and got Cleveland 2 picks in Rd-1 and get cleveland 4 rd pick also. Then I would select the best QB available at 15 like Bret Hindley from UCLa.GO Bucs

Dman
Dman
6 years ago

Trade if you can – he’ll be a journeyman back-up.

Buctebow
Buctebow
6 years ago

Maybe we should offer a 5th round pick to anyone who will take Melman off of our hands! (joke)

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Starting to hear lots of interest around the league for Mike Glennon. Coincidence may be weak 2015 QB draft class. Bucs will benefit if they want to trade Glennon!

gatrbuc17
gatrbuc17
6 years ago

No Doubt whatsoever to any person of sound mind that Glennon has never gotten a fair shake. Thrown in after Free went Mental. Lost is 1 RB and 2 WR with an undrafted TE that was converted from WR. That was his first yr. Still managed to start out with Rookie Records 10 Tds to 1 Ints/ 8 straight games with a passing Int. ENTER 2014 as Lovie takes over, Glennon inherits, in the middle of the season, the worst OL in the NFL without an OC. I mean just freakin’ WOW to those of you that hate the kid.… Read more »

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
6 years ago

I have a theory. I think the Bucs are deploying a duel smokescreen strategy. They are leaking Winston to the local guys like PR and Mariota to the national guys. Both groups want “their” guy and want to believe they have the inside story. I bet the Bucs would really like to trade this pick for a mother load of picks. I think they do like Winston,but don’t trust him. The starter will be Glennon. Koetter has a reputation as reat OC and some NFL types see Glennon as a Matt Ryan who has never had the benefit of a… Read more »

Buctebow
Buctebow
Reply to  Bucnut2
6 years ago

No more Melman!

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