Tampa Bay’s quarterback of the future was nearly its quarterback of the past.
According to RotoWorld, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht had spoken with the Arizona Cardinals about trading Mike Glennon some time around the 2014 NFL Draft.
That makes sense for a few different reasons: There were multiple reports around that time claiming that a Glennon trade was imminent. Also, the Cardinals would have been a prime trade candidate, with Carson Palmer on the downside of his career.
The last reason? Jason Licht has a strong relationship with the Arizona Cardinals’ front office. He was their Director of Pro Personnel in 2012, and Vice President of Player Personnel in 2013.
But even with all of the smoke surrounding a Mike Glennon trade, there was no fire.
Glennon returns to Tampa Bay this season as the backup to free agent signee Josh McCown. However, he probably isn’t too worried about his roster spot, as head coach Lovie Smith has named him as the team’s “quarterback of the future” going forward.
That’s not to say that Glennon couldn’t possibly unseat McCown as the team’s starting quarterback either. When the team decided to hang on to the 2nd-year pro out of NC State, they had done all of their research and determined that he has the ability to succeed in Jeff Tedford’s system. If they weren’t confident in Glennon, he wouldn’t be in Tampa right now.
The Bucs chose not to select a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, nor did they trade their third round pick of 2013.
While Glennon seemed destined to be on the move, it now seems possible that he could be around for the long haul if he continues to impress the new coaching staff.