Bucs QB Mike Glennon - Photo by Cliff Welch/PR
Brock Osweiler could be the best thing that ever happened to Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon. Osweiler played in just 21 games in his four-year career in Denver with a 5-2 record as a starter in 2015 in helping the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 before signing a four-year, $72-million contract with Denver on the first day of free agency.
His departure, in addition to the retirement of future first ballot Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, leaves Denver without a quarterback that has taken a snap in an NFL game. The lone quarterback left on the roster is Trevor Siemian, a rookie from Northwestern.
Could Broncos general manager John Elway call Bucs general manager Jason Licht and attempt to trade for Glennon? Elway prefers tall, smart pocket passers like Glennon.
Licht told PewterReport.com at the Senior Bowl in January that he didn’t envision trading Glennon.
Bucs QB Mike Glennon – Photo by: Mark LoMoglio/PR
“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.
“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. 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.”
Yet Elway and the Broncos could be desperate enough to give Licht an offer that blows him away. The Super Bowl champions have the last pick in the first round and that could be enough to tempt Licht to part ways with Glennon, who is entering a contract year, if that offer from Elway comes.
The 2016 NFL Draft is relatively weak at quarterback and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, California’s Jared Goff, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch and possibly Michigan State’s Connor Cook could all be off the board before Denver selects at No. 31.
Denver has been linked to possibly acquiring San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose game has lost its luster or signing Robert Griffin III or 33-year old free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was with the Jets last year, his fourth team in the last four years. But none have the upside that Glennon might have.
Bucs HC Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Tampa Bay has Ryan Griffin, who is entering his third year in the league, who could back up starter Jameis Winston if Glennon, who didn’t see the field in 2015, were to be traded to Denver or another quarterback-needy team, such as the New York Jets, who are not close with re-signing Fitzpatrick.
Aside from creating an open starting job in Denver by departing for Houston, Osweiler helped the “relatively inexperienced backup quarterback market,” which should serve Glennon well. Glennon could cash in on a similarly huge deal when he gets his first shot at free agency after the 2016 season, especially because he has similar stats and size at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds than the 6-foot-7 Osweiler has.
Osweiler has completed just 187-of-305 (61.3 percent) of his passes for 2,126 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions and an 86 QB rating in his career. He completed 170-of-275 passes (61.8 percent) of his passes for 1,967 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions last year filling in for the injured Manning.
Glennon has started 18 games in Tampa Bay, completing 364-of-619 passes (58.8 percent) with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his two years in the league. Glennon started 13 games as a rookie, replacing Josh Freeman and throwing 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Seeing action in six games in 2014, Glennon threw 10 touchdowns and six interceptions – identical numbers to what Osweiler had last year.
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I think Tampa could get another QB thru the draft in late rds. and pick up a 2 or 3 rd. for players thru the draft
Well Fans I was able to set down and look at what this sistutation could bring to the Bucs. Glennon has been a perfect backup who came in and did his job. I see a win win sistutation. And trading him would be a perfect sistutation. Tampa really thought Glennon would be a worth only a 3rd round pick. But getting a 2nd round pick I think Tampa would be fine with that and that means Tampa would get another good player,regardless of what goes down fans Tampa has already made a big impact for Tampa Future.Go Bucs.
If Denver offers that first round pick, you take it and wish Glennon well. Glennon’s as good as gone after this coming season, and it’s not as though we’re going to be championship contenders this year regardless of whether something happens to Winston. You’re never going to get more for Glennon if Denver makes that offer.
If Denver offers a 3rd round pick you take it.
I am glad to see that we have a GM that can work this deal. Patience will pay off. We have had numerous years to trade Glennon and hopefully this is the year to get a return on our 3rd round investment. Faith in Licht. Worst case we have the best backup in the NFL.
Since Denver picks last, their 2nd rounder is darn close to a 3rd round pick. I agree with the GM, the Bucs should keep him unless they get an offer that blows the Bucs away. As previously discussed, Glennon could earn the Bucs a 3rd round compensatory pick in the 2018 draft if he signs for big money in free agency.
Right on the mark BucWild02…a 2nd Rd from Denver isn’t worth it.
“Brock Osweiler could be the best thing that ever happened to Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon. Osweiler played in just 21 games in his four-year career in Denver with a 5-2 record as a starter in 2015 in helping the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 before signing a four-year, $72-million contract with Denver on the first day of free agency.”
I think he meant to say Osweiler signed with the Texans.
I wouldn’t let him go for anything less then a 2nd round, and 6th round pick. It would be ideal to get that last pick in the first round though. You’d be getting a good player on a five year rookie deal. Imagine hitting on CB, DE, DT, and having him locked up for 5 years. Think it’s a good deal for both sides. Q.B. is the hardest position to fill. Bronco’s get Glennon on the cheap for one year to prove himself.
Let’s see if Licht knows how to negotiate with leverage as compared to that debacle in the Revis trade. The Broncos have to make a serious offer for Glennon. They have a chance a second Super Bowl because of that defense. Glennon is a good game manager and that is all Peyton was this season.
Wrong Goldson….that is basically the first pick of the 4th round….the first round pick is the first pick of the second and second round the first pick of the third….therefore, you take at least their second or first (basically first pick of the second) or tell them to stick it.
I’m not going to say anything about Glennon and this potential scenario because it could only serve to bring down his trade value. You go right ahead Elway.
Elway won’t overpay for Glennon. He already showed that with Brock. Be nice to get something for him before next season.
First off, I would not pull the plug on Glennon…gotta have a good backup. Only way I get rid of Glennon is if someone is offering either a number one pick or number two pick in the draft. John Elway will try to swindle a steal of a deal..he’s crooked like that. Mike Glennon is a really good QB who hasn’t been given the opportunity to truly show how good he is.
Denver and/or John Elway just offered a 2nd round for Kaepernick. Would he come back and offer a 1st for Glennon? Ummmm…….
Working a good deal is not swindling skyrider, it’s being a better businessman.
Wonder why Elway is so hot for Kapernick since he got rid of the undisciplined poor throwing Tebow for Manning.
maybe he sees himself in Kapenick but the difference is the book on Kapernick is he still can’t read defenses three of four years into the NFL.
Whatever the case, I wouldn’t take Denvers 2nd round pick unless it came with a third or possibly a fourth.
You are right BucWild02. The Bucs will probably get a 3rd round compensatory pick for this guy anyway so why trade him away for Denver’s second which is really a third.
Fortunately, jushumaker, we don’t have Rainman as a GM anymore.
Nothing like trading away a No. 1 pick for a gimpy CB who can do his rehab for the team for $16 million.
Sort of like signing a FA guard from the Saints who comes to the team with a terminal case of turf toe and inking him to a guaranteed long term contract and hoping it will just magically disappear.
Exactly drdneast! Licht is a shrewd GM. He’ll hold onto Glennon until he gets a great offer/deal in return. He’s got until draft day to make that decision, and if he doesn’t get a great offer, Glennon will be a great insurance policy this next season.
Glennon is the guy, that every team who needs a QB wants. There will be plenty of offers for Glennon this year. No need to be desperate. Most teams would rather try to get a guy before he hits FA with a big price tag, and give him a test run before they invest. That would be Glennon this year. The Bucs are set. They just need to be smart, and know that they have the golden ticket going in to this year with Glennon. But the down side is, it will expire at the end of the year.
As we get into April, Glennon’s value only increases! I think he is just as good as any of the QB’s coming out this year! So, we wait! This is his last year anyway and we will get a low 3rd pick for his loss. So any deal would have to exceed a 3rd round pick as compensation. If I’m Denver, I make the deal over Kap because Glennon will be at least 50% cheaper contract with skills that r similar! Go Bucs!
A first round pick for Glennon? Whoever trades a first for Glennon should be fired
LOL jonruden, u might be right but desperate times call for desperate measures.
I honestly wouldn’t trade a No. 1 for him either but I wouldn’t just take Denver’s No. 2, either.
Speaking of Denver, the Texans might just have bought a pig in a poke.
Seven games and your throwing away a lot of money on someone who doesn’t have a big book on himself yet.
Reminds me of the QB from the Patriots who subbed for Brady one year. Everyone thought he was going to be great and he went to another team and fell flat on his face.
Same thing with Matt Flynn. Seems like the only place he can play QB is in Green Bay.
I really doubt anyone offers a first round pick for Glennon. Nor do I think he’s worth one. Good guy and I like him, but he’s a good backup at best IMO. Strong arm and smart, but very clumsy and bad footwork. Just doesn’t seem to have the athleticism to move around or buy time at all. He’s very limited in what he can do.
Iam looking at what has transpired so far,Some teams spent a whole bunch of money you have to ask who came out ahead. One of the teams that have done very well so far is Tampa. I think now if Bosa slides to Tampa at #9 or a good DE. Tampa did well in the draft.Lets see about Glennon and which team wants him!
I say hold him unless we get offered a 2nd round or higher. Worse-case we have possibly the best backup QB in the league for another year and get a low 3rd next year. Best-case we get a 1st or 2nd round this year and still have a decent backup in Griffin.
So…Elway just traded a 7th round pick for Mark Sanchez. Good luck with that John lol
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