Bucs fans have been screaming for management to capitalize on the poor quarterback market by trading backup Mike Glennon. Is it finally going to happen?
I wrote about this a few weeks ago and it seems as though Bucs brass is coming to their senses. It looks like GM Jason Licht is starting to test the market for Mike Glennon. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Licht is “weighing his options” for a Glennon trade and has not been demanding a number one pick. At the owners’ meetings, Licht had this to say,
"“There’s always interest. It’s not a secret. There’s always some interest. We’ll see how it goes. We’ve got some time and this is something that could go all the way to the draft.”"
Regarding compensation, Licht told Stroud the rumors are just flat out wrong.
"“That’s not true. I mean, I tell them what I think he’s worth. I tell that to teams. I say, “this is what we might consider.’ But that’s not necessarily true. I don’t want to discuss that. I don’t want to go public with that. It’s false that I’ve been calling every team saying I need a first (round pick). I haven’t been calling every team. Even with those that have inquired, it’s been ‘Let’s keep talking.’ It hasn’t been, “we need this.’"
We’ve seen the speculation of teams being interested in the likes of Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick, even Johnny Manziel will gain some interest with Drew Rosenhaus going to bat for him. Some team will make a mistake and take the bait. Ryan Fitzpatrick is still searching for a team, and Mark Sanchez is the starting quarterback of the defending champion Denver Broncos as it stands now. There are too many teams with quarterback needs for Glennon to no garner a ton of interest amongst those in need.
Mike Francesca of WFAN in New York said the Jets had already contacted the Bucs regarding Glennon, but that Licht demanded a first round pick as compensation. According to Licht, he’s not asking that, but we’re in a he said/he said situation there. I find it hard to believe the Buccaneers would “demand” first round compensation for Glennon, but stranger things have happened.
Some Buccaneers fans believe keeping Glennon as an insurance policy in case Winston gets hurt is the smarter move. However, doing that means Glennon walks after 2016 and the Buccaneers risk getting nothing in return. Compensatory picks are not a guarantee…
It’s about time new like this came to light. Again, I have no ill-will towards Glennon. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I feel he has the skill to be a starting caliber quarterback in this league and he deserves his chance to prove himself. He won’t get that opportunity in Tampa Bay any time soon.
What do you think, Bucs fans? Should he stay or should he go? Sound off in the comments!