In what was an underrated rookie season, Mike Glennon led an injury-riddled, Greg Schiano-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers team to a 4-12 finish. While he certainly wasn’t spectacular, the 2013 second-round pick showed that he is a capable NFL quarterback. The new coaching staff, however, doesn’t agree.
According to ESPN’s Adam Kaplan, Glennon is “as good as gone” in Tampa Bay, which infers that the team will trade away with the sophomore quarterback at some point before the start of the 2014 campaign.
One team that has been rumored to be targeting Glennon is the New England Patriots, who have shown a significant interest in bringing aboard a young, potential-laden quarterback.
Now it seems farfetched considering the Patriots already have Ryan Mallett, a promising young passer, on the roster, but apparently the team isn’t solid on the former fourth-rounder. Rumors have gone around that he’ll be available via draft-day trade, which would open the door for the Patriots to either trade for another quarterback or draft one.
With a new coaching staff in Tampa Bay, Glennon has quickly fallen out of favor with offseason acquisition Josh McCown set to be the Buccaneers’ starter. The team is also expected to target one of the top quarterbacks of the 2014 NFL Draft, which would make Glennon extremely expendable. Considering that they spent a second-round pick on him only a year ago, the Buccaneers would be wise to get some value out of him before it’s too late.
Tom Brady is no spring chicken. Seeing as he’ll be 37 before the 2014 season gets under way, it might be time for the Patriots to start thinking about the future. Instead of wasting an early draft pick on someone like Tom Savage, New England could instead trade a mid-round pick for the semi-proven Glennon. Problem solved.
This is obviously the worst time of the year when it comes to differentiating fact from fiction, but it’s one rumor worth keeping in mind. We’ll see if anything comes of this Patriots-Glennon connection.