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.

Bucs QBs Ryan Griffin & Jameis Winston and former Bucs QB Mike Glennon
Bucs QBs Ryan Griffin & Jameis Winston and former Bucs QB Mike Glennon – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

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.

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  1. Well, if they want no threat to Winston, sure, he is a good option. Or they have to draft someone else or pick up another free agent. Those are the three options. Hard to anticipate what the Bucs will do here.

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  2. Would love that!

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  3. Glennon would be one of my top choices for a backup QB, assuming Fitz is definitely a “no”. Still not sure about the idea of bringing in someone who doesnt push or challenge Winston, but that’s why I’m BB not BA

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  4. Definitely won’t have Winston looking over his shoulder! I always liked Glennon and think he would be a great back up at the right price.

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  5. Absolutely. He wasn’t half bad. That would be a nice pick up.

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  6. Wouldnt mind him back. Decent backup.

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  7. All the pewter trolls want to get rid of Fitzpatrick and bring in Glennon absolutely makes no sense but the pewter trolls would love it because they want no threat for Jameis Winston Fitzpatrick’s going to end up starter on another team every week you’ll hear Buck ass Bob pointing out how much better job he’s doing than Winston . I predict bucs 2019 somewhere between o and 16 and three + thirteen looking forward to when Jason licht gets fired and Bruce Arians can run the team way he in wants 2020

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    • I tell you what, BOB. I’ll give you 2 weeks worth of my paycheck if Fitz starts every game, for any NFL team, and outplays Winston. Hell, I’ll put a thumbs up on every comment of yours I see during the following season, too

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  8. Why Ryan Griffin is better and cheaper? Glennon isn’t even a useful as a game manager. The perfect place for Mike Glennon to land is on a couch.

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  9. Has to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read in sports history bring in a second string quarterback that’s not good enough to pose a threat to the first string bust

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    • I’m guessing you missed the Hershel Walker trade or Ditka spending the whole draft on Ricky Williams.

      Or Portland passing up on Michael Jordan because they had Clyde Drexler.

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  10. There were several opportunities in the last 2 years with the last place team to put Griffin in to see how he could play and these bozos never put him in for even one play God help us if Griffin ends up on another team and he actually can play football

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  11. It just makes me think what could these absolute morons running this team the last two years bee thinking there in dead last place no chance of a playoff
    A. Keep the starter in so he can possibly get hurt
    B. Keep the starter in so that we can win an extra game and get a draft pick a little later in the draft and they wonder why they’re in last place

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  12. Glennon is a solid QB. Would be great to have him back at QB2 for the right price. We have more pressing needs than QB right now though.

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  13. Just wondering where we are gong to get all the money for these players we need. And sign our draft class. Some big cuts must be on their way IMO.

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  14. Really Glennon? He would get destroyed!
    He is slow and catch take a hit!

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    • Yup – I used to call him the bobble head because when the heat was on he’d panic.

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  15. The Buc’s have invested in Griffen for years now, and his his few opportunities to shine on the field in preseason games he has done so, he looked pretty damn good. Totally understand he has not played in a regular season game to no fault of Griffen. I say keep Griffen, we have seen plenty of Glennon and I for one was not impressed.

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  16. Yes BucAssBob, he will play lights out an will be 1-4 in the regular season. Then he will pass 1500 yards and 17 TDs in the postseason and the Super Bowl to finally win the coveted ring.
    You see Bob, I found out who your supplier was and I’m doing the same “shrooms as you.
    Fitz’s 2018 record was 2-5 as a starter.

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    • I would like to try the “shrooms” then I will think we will win the SB next year.

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  17. I for one am a Winston backer and would have no problem bringing Fitz back.

    We have seen what Fitz is capable of and that is two or three wins at the most and then it turns midnight and he turns back into a pumpkin but he is a great backup and teammate.

    The only player who tried to split the locker room last year was Meshawn Jackson and most of the fan base wants to see the idiot walk the plank.
    I don’t think you would see the same problem this year.
    The reason the Bucs might think about Glennon BozoAssBob is because your bench warmer Griffin doesn’t have the arm strength to get the ball downfield like Fitz or Winston.

    This is a well know fact to everyone but you.

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  18. Signing Glennon would be a disaster. If Winston gets hurt or flames out does anyone think Glennon could win a game. Go back and look at his tape with Chicago. He was horrible. Another Jason Licht special.

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  19. I’m sure Mike Glennon would be a good teammate and be prepared to play on game day. I also suspect his confidence has been shaken and maybe even humbled to the point that he no longer dreams of being “the man”. The question for me is, if he is called upon to finish the game or the season, is he capable of taking command of a “no risk it-no biscuit” style offense when he had such a propensity to dink and dunk?

    At the very least, he is a known commodity.

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    • Scubog, good point. I hadn’t thought about it the way you described it.

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  20. Gator Frank, Mark Dummynick and Greg Schiano were responsible for drafting Glennon, not Licht.
    I know it’s not fashionable to get your facts straight when we have a President who lies and spreads misinformation whenever he opens his nasty pie hole, but let’s try to do it out here on this simple board.

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    • Did I miss the part where this turned into a political thread? I could’ve sworn this was a site that reported on the Buccaneers

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      • No doubt. I come here to get away from that.

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  21. The Bucs should consider taking a good look at Gilbert Garrett of the AAF Orlando Apollos. The guy is having a fine season and has some NFL experience.

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    • He might be interesting to try out. He is playing well for the Orlando Apollos right now and he did play in one series for the Panthers against the Saints – led them to a field goal in that one drive. He might also be a good backup for Tampa to consider.

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  22. Would Bucs Target Glennon? How about the Bucs target Fitz and make Winston man up! I believe Licht and BA are targeting the best player at every position. Why bring in a backup QB who has no chance to start, it all makes no sense.

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  23. I agree Cobraboy. He will be the MVP of Alliance Football this year and is very accurate throwing deep. Should Jameis go down Gilbert is capable of winning the rest of our games. He can run away from trouble and gets up after the hardest hit and rarely throws interceptions and doesn’t fumble.

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  24. If BA wants a loser who is a sack magnet and can only throw accurate passes throwing long when he throws to the center of the field and who will guarantee a high draft choice if he ever sees the field, by all means choose Albatross Glennon. Get Gilbert instead and if Jameis is hurt he can reach BA’s goal of turning this losing team into a 10 game winner in his first year.

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