The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a statement when they selected Mike Glennon in the third round of this year’s draft. With the selection of another quarterback, the Bucs made it clear that they’re not sold on current starter Josh Freeman. Glennon was considered one of this year’s top QBs, but clearly it was a down year for the position. Regardless, Glennon is now officially on the roster after signing a four-year deal, and the speculation about his future has begun.
To be clear, there is absolutely no such thing as a quarterback controversy in Tampa right now. People are going to try to make it a story, but it’s Freeman’s team. He’s come this far with the current roster, and he deserves a full chance to prove himself as he heads into a contract year. It’s been an up and down career for Freeman thus far, and he’ll only keep his job if he makes clear progress in 2013.
Even if Freeman has an average season, I don’t think it’ll be enough to get him a new contract. Glennon is a very solid plan-B, and they’ve already locked him up through 2016.
Tampa’s QB situation is not a competition because we already know who the week one starter is, but the increased talent at the backup position will make or break Freeman. It will make him better, or it will expose who he truly is. If the Bucs went as far to draft a top prospect, you know they won’t’ hesitate to make the switch if Freeman isn’t producing.
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