Mike Glennon has agreed to his rookie deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that means the entire Bucs rookie class is now under contract and ready for the 2013 season. Call it one of the biggest bonuses of the new collective bargaining agreement, because each draft choice has an assigned budget and terms for contract negotiations, and the dealings between teams and players comes down to language in the contracts and certain stipulations and clauses that can appear. Quarterbacks have always been criminally overpaid in the draft, so Glennon’s third round draft position means he’ll be paid much less than his fellow signal callers from just a few years ago.
According to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times, Glennon will likely receive a contract similar to that of Brandon Taylor, who inked a deal with San Diego worth $2.7 million over four years last offseason. That’s extremely affordable for a guy who could conceivably be a starting quarterback in Tampa Bay a year from now, but is still a big value for a quality backup who fits the scheme and system. Glennon is the least likely of the Buccaneers’ rookies to see the field in 2013, so it’s interesting that he was the last to sign his contract. But with Glennon now secured, he can focus on learning the playbook just in case he’s called upon to take over the Bucs offense during the season.
So with Glennon signed, the Buccaneers now have no further rookies to come to terms with, and they can focus on signing other outside free agents, or extending the contracts of current players like Mike Williams. So what do you think the Bucs do next? Or are they done, and ready to find the best 53 players on the current roster? Let us know in the comment section.