The Arizona Cardinals have released backup quarterback Mike Glennon. Could he be making his way back to Tampa Bay as Jameis Winston’s backup once again?
Although he did not play under head coach Bruce Arians, who retired from the NFL in 2017, Glennon did sign with the Cardinals last year and played for new Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Glennon’s deal was $8 million over two years in Arizona.
The Bucs are currently in need of a backup quarterback as the team will not be re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick because Arians is committed to developing Winston and doesn’t want Winston having to look over his shoulder or deal with a potentially divided locker room. Glennon was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by former general manager Mark Dominik and former head coach Greg Schiano.
The 6-foot-6, 229-pound Glennon could be the answer to the Bucs’ backup QB dilemma. Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht offered Glennon a lucrative contract offer to stay in red and pewter, but the North Carolina State product wanted the chance to start, so he left for Chicago following the 2016 season.
Glennon replaced former first-round pick and starting QB Josh Freeman, who was in his fifth-year option season, in 2013 and started 13 games with a 4-9 record. As a rookie, Glennon completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Lovie Smith replaced Schiano in 2014 and brought veteran Josh McCown in to be the starter. But McCown got injured and Glennon wound up completing 57.6 percent of his passes for 1,417 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. McCown was cut the next year and the Bucs drafted Winston with the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Glennon completed 10-of-11 passes (90.9 percent) for 75 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions while backing up Winston in 2016 before signing a three-year, $45 million contract to be Chicago’s starter in 2017. He spent just four games as the starting QB, going 1-3 as a starter with four touchdowns and five interceptions before being released following the 2017 season because the Bears used their first-round pick on Mitchell Trubisky.