There are more teams looking for quarterback help — or which should be — than there are starters available.
But even though the Buccaneers have a face-of-the-franchise in Jameis Winston now, they’re hanging onto backup Mike Glennon.
Via Scott Reynolds of PewterReport.com, Bucs General Manager Jason Licht said he’s not moving Glennon this offseason.
“I would hate to be in a position where your quarterback goes down for however many games it is and then you’re basically throwing the towel in, like a lot of teams did this year,” Licht said. “It wasn’t because they wanted to throw in the towel, that’s just the way it happened, without naming teams. Those were the same teams, a lot of them, that were inquiring about Mike Glennon at the time.”
Licht didn’t name names, but with so many injuries last year, it’s reasonable to believe there was interest in Glennon elsewhere. And the former third-round pick has value because he’s played at an acceptable level, and he’s cheap, with one more year at $675,000 left on his rookie deal.
“Mike Glennon is just so valuable to us right now while we have him, while he’s under contract, I feel like we have two starting quarterbacks with him and Jameis,” Licht said. “If you just go out and get a mid-round pick for him, the chances of the mid-round pick working out or drafting a quarterback and that pick working out, the odds aren’t in your favor. Unless there’s [an offer] that blows us away, I think you lean towards keeping him and having him on your roster.”
Of course, even if someone likes Glennon, it’s unlikely anyone would be willing to part with enough to make Licht reconsider, knowing he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in a year. And Licht acknowledged the possibility of retaining Glennon to be Winston’s backup, though he’d probably want to look around for more of a chance to play.