Oct 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops back to pass in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rejected Multiple Trade Offers for Mike Glennon

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers really do believe that quarterback Mike Glennon is the “quarterback of the future.”

They reportedly rejected as many as six trade offers for Glennon during draft weekend according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, instead opting to keep the second-year player.

“There’s a lot of interest and we want to keep Mike,” general manager Jason Licht said Saturday. “[They were] just feeling it out. I know that Mike has a very good reputation throughout the league as far as his developmental future.”

The teams that made offers for Glennon apparently believe that the former third round pick was a better prospect than most quarterbacks available in the draft.

Despite Lovie Smith declaring Glennon as the team’s “quarterback of the future,” he is still adamant free agent signing Josh McCown is the starter right now.

“A lot of talk has gone on about Mike Glennon,” Smith said. “What I’ve said is Josh McCown is our starter, which he is. Love Josh. And Josh is excited, more so than or as excited as any fan that we have about the offensive group. But what I’ve said is that we like Mike Glennon and Mike has an excellent future in the league and that’s how it’s played out.”

So right now, journeyman quarterback McCown is the starter, while Glennon, a second-year pro coming off an impressive rookie season, is now going to sit on the bench.

It’s an interesting situation for the Bucs, but it seems to be one Smith is committed too. But if there’s one thing, it’s that Glennon does have a future in Tampa Bay. How soon we see him under center again though remains to be seen however.

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  • Miguel Nephilim Gonzalez

    Glennon is the future of Tampa. He’ll develop through this season and possibly the next, maybe Tampa drafts a QB in 2015 as McCown will likely not get resigned after the two year deal, Mariota would be nice. For the time being I look forward to catching Glennon in preseason at least. It’s hard being a Bucs fan in Cali, but wherever I may roam I will always be a Buc, let’s go Tampa this is our year.

  • Centrale

    It used to be much more common in the NFL that young QBs would spend two, three or more seasons watching and learning from a more experienced QB. Anyone who thinks it’s unusual that Glennon is going to take a step back to develop more has just gotten caught up in the hype of some unusual exceptions to the rule.

    • Jayson Kaplan

      It’s not even just QBs. People seem to have forgotten what the term “prospect” means. It’s fun to project every draftee into a gold jacket speech in Canton, but the reality is that it takes more than a few OTAs and one training camp to turn most guys into consistent NFL players. There are obviously exceptions, but it should be obvious by now that draft position means relatively nothing in contrast to coaching.

      Admittedly, I am no fan of Glennon, but provided McCown stays healthy, there’s no harm in letting Tedford develop Glennon for a year and reevaluate his potential role after that. If he’s the guy, he’s the guy. If not, there are other opportunities to fill that position post-McCown. Hopefully McCown stays healthy for two seasons and we develop either Glennon or someone else to step in in 2016.

  • Tony Viscardi

    I saw some exciting things from Glennon last year. He made mistakes almost all young QB’s do but he was usually composed, made smart decisions and has one great arm. He deserves the opportunity to prove he is the future but only time and snaps will tell. That being said, this should be an exciting time to be a Bucs fan. If only potential won Super Bowls.