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Bucs G.M. not interested in trading Mike Glennon


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, 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.

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18 Responses to “Bucs G.M. not interested in trading Mike Glennon”
  1. TheDPR says: Jan 29, 2016 9:35 AM

    I actually think this may be good for Glennon. Suppose Winston misses a couple games next season and Glennon plays well. He can help himself get a solid, life-setting contract the following year as a free agent.

  2. kfoyo808 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:38 AM

    Eagles fans…you want a young inexpensive QB? Could do worse than Glennon. Got thrown to the wolves his rookie year, with a dreadful team. And did relatively well. Get rid of Bradford – get young, inexpensive talent…and let them fight it out to see who stays. Hell, call Buffalo and see if they’ll get rid of Tyrod. Sounds like they aren’t willing to give him the reigns there, and he played very well.

  3. theallegedone says: Jan 29, 2016 9:48 AM

    You mean, “Nobody interested in trading for Bucs Glennon”.

  4. noobbloghaxor22 says: Jan 29, 2016 9:51 AM

    In the last 15 years, Glennon has been one of our better quarterbacks. I know that isn’t saying much, but he is certainly a better option than what they currently have in Cleveland, Philly, St. Louis, etc…

    I would argue that he is also better than the guys in Houston.

    Good move to hold onto him for the time being.

  5. bucrightoff says: Jan 29, 2016 9:55 AM

    Arians should get him to develop since we know Palmer isn’t the guy to take them anywhere long term.

  6. dryzzt23 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:04 AM

    Stupid move by the Bucs GM. Glennon will never have the value, to other teams, that he has now. He is tradeable right now.
    After 2016, no team will trade for him b/c they know that if he has a good year, he will test the FA market.

    Too often teams hold onto backup QBs thinking that the QBs value will increase, and then the QB plays poorly, or the demand for him decreases, then his value to other teams decreases too so if a team does trade for him, the Bucs will get a 6th or 7th at best when they could have got a 2nd/3rd/4th.

  7. jerry944 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:07 AM

    I am a big fan of glennon and would like to see him learn behind romo

  8. zampft says: Jan 29, 2016 10:09 AM

    It’s amazing how many people think he’s good for some strange reason. Did you watch any of the games I did?

  9. bassplucker says: Jan 29, 2016 10:10 AM

    Sucks for Glennon right now but as others have said, a few good games in relief and he can cash in huge with another team on his next deal. Plus he’s not taking a beating behind that OL.

  10. jjb0811 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:53 AM

    I’d be cool being a B/U at $675K annually. Sign me up anytime!

  11. ptl2323 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:54 AM

    Not saying he’s a top 10 QB but career numbers are not that bad.
    4,025 29 Tds 15 int’s 83.7 passer rating in 19 career games.

  12. ryann252013 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:18 AM

    If I were the Jets I would be taking a long hard look at Glennon, he would have Marshall, Decker, and it might even help Devin Smith become a factor since he would have someone who is able to connect with him on deep throws.

  13. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:22 AM

    …..You might as well keep him, but he is bolting after this year. I would think the Bucs could get a 3rd rounder if they trade him before the draft this year.

  14. mogogo1 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:36 AM

    He’s a good value for somebody else for the year but since he can turn into a one-year rental nobody wants to give up a whole lot in a trade for him. And he’s a good value for the Bucs currently as a backup so keeping him isn’t a bad move for them.

  15. steelerben says: Jan 29, 2016 11:58 AM

    If the past season taught any lesson it was that you’d better have a good backup if your starter goes down. Dallas went from being the favorites to win the NFC East to being complete trash because there was nothing behind Romo. Cincinnati without Dalton just didn’t look the same.

    The other side of the coin is that getting value out of Glennon is only going to get more difficult. He’s not going to want to extend to be a backup but instead try out free agency. If you trade him to a team that wants to start him, like Cleveland or Houston, then you can get more than you would out of a compensatory draft pick and he’d be willing to sign a long term deal, which is a win-win.

    Glennon might not be an elite candidate, but in a league where Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, and Josh McCown can hold down starting jobs, he’s at least worth a look. Who else do you plan on signing, Matt Cassel?

  16. bryantrulen says: Jan 29, 2016 2:40 PM

    So Licht laid out his logic and perspective on keeping Glennon. Remember this is the same Glennon would played better than Matt Ryan did during his rookie year in 2008. I would be really upset if I was Glennon, knowing that I could start in the league but being held captive in Tampa not seeing field.

  17. captainwhodat says: Jan 29, 2016 2:42 PM

    so screwed by Lovie two years ago when Lovie started McClown over Glennon…

  18. spartin9177 says: Jan 31, 2016 2:24 PM

    He’ll be traded after the season starts. Probably just before the trade deadline. Then the team that send the Bucs a 3 or 4 will use their 1st on a QB.

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