The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a very curious move yesterday by signing quarterbackDan LeFevour
. Does that mean aMike Glennon
trade is now imminent?
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There seems to be something afoot at One Buccaneer Place. CFL quarterback Dan LeFevour was signed yesterday, making him the Buccaneers’ fourth quarterback. Now, I understand wanting to have “training camp arms”, but the timing of this move is rather puzzling. Why would a quarterback that was in literally zero demand be signed to a team just nine days before the draft?
Quite simply, it would appear that the Bucs are preparing for life after Glennon. With Jameis Winston cemented in as the starter and Ryan Griffin having spent all of 2015 on the active roster, the LeFevour move seems to indicate that all the smoke surrounding a potential trade of the 2013 third round pick was more than just talk. You’ve already seen the Los Angeles Rams trade up to ensure they get a quarterback and at least one more will be taken within the top ten next Thursday, teams are going to begin to panic when it comes to the quarterback position.
We’ve discussed it endlessly, both here on the website as well as on twitter, that trading Mike Glennon is the right move for both Glennon and the Bucs. No, keeping a back-up that will leave this team in free agency “in case” Winston goes down is not smart. Getting more picks to continue building around Winston for the next decade is smart. You’re not guaranteed a compensatory pick, but you are guaranteed any pick offered to you in a trade. Use those. Build with them. Win with them.
A draft day trade involving a player is a tricky one, especially since you’re working against the clock. You almost need to know who is interested and have parameters worked out ahead of time. Say Team B wants quarterback X in the draft. However, they know there’s a good possibility that quarterback won’t be there. They will have called Jason Licht and said “Hey, we’re interested in Glennon. What will it take to make him our quarterback?”
Now, you have Team J take quarterback X, so Team B calls Licht. They are on the clock and time is ticking, so they just say “Hey, remember that trade we talked about? We get Glennon and we’ll send you picks D and E? Ready to pull the trigger on that?”
This is something that can very well end up happening during draft weekend at this point. It seemed like the Glennon market was hot, then cold, then non-existent. Now, it’s boiling. Then again, maybe the market for Glennon cooled off so much that this move was made simply to regenerate interest in teams ready to panic.
What do you think? Does signing Dan LeFevour mean Glennon is ready to be shipped out of town? Or is it much to do about nothing?