At a time when several teams are looking for capable bodies or starters at quarterback, the Buccaneers have three they like.
And Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is willing to admit that might be one more than they want to keep.
With Mike Glennon and Ryan Griffin behind starter Jameis Winston, the Bucs have an experienced starter and a promising project in reserve.
“I feel great about that room. I think we have good depth,” Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “If it was a perfect world, we are getting to the point where it would be better for our football team if we could keep two quarterbacks because we’re going to have to let some guys go that we don’t want to let go. And I think the perfect set-up with the way the NFL is structured right now, is two quarterbacks and one on practice squad. But if you have a good one and you try to put him on practice squad, the league is so short of quarterbacks, he’ll get scooped up like that. . . . I believe in keeping two and a developmental guy, but we’re just not in that situation right now.”
“I believe in keeping two and a developmental guy, but we’re just not in that situation right now.”
Glennon’s the one they’d likely receive calls — and maybe listen — on. He has 18 starts in his career, has played acceptably well in the past but will become a free agent after the 2016 season. Griffin is the guy they’d like to develop a bit, and as long as Winston is well, that’s a fine plan.
But since they’d get a compensatory pick if Glennon leaves in free agency anyway, the Bucs would likely have to be blown away by an offer to move their backup at this point.
“I think it’s safe [to say] that we’re probably going to keep three quarterbacks,” Koetter said.
But if anyone’s looking, it can’t hurt to call.