Despite persistent rumors, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has consistently said he has no desire to trade backup quarterback Mike Glennon. That hasn’t stopped the speculation, especially with a thin free agent market for signal-callers.
The New York Jets were reportedly among the teams to contact Tampa Bay about Glennon recently, but the asking price appears to have been too much. WFAN Radio host Mike Francesca passed along the following anecdote during his show on Tuesday:
“The Jets were one of the teams that called about Glennon,” Francesa said. “But they got the same thing that everyone else got. They want a first-round pick”
With Jameis Winston not going anywhere as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback and Glennon entering the final year of his contract, a trade makes sense. Licht is in a position to be greedy if he wants to be, with a few teams still in the market for a quarterback that can compete for a starting job, but an apparent change of tune regarding willingness to move Glennon is interesting if nothing else.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report had previously passed along indications the Buccaneers wanted a first-round pick for Glennon, while adding they would accept a third-round pick in a trade if that pick was high enough in the round. Francesca’s words back up that first-round asking price, and it seems the Jets were the first team to be unwilling to meet it.
Glennon would probably welcome a trade, and presumably an opportunity to start with another team. Those opportunities are out there, with the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers most notably right now. But if he wants to expand a potential trade market, or eventually get a deal done, Licht will have to have a more realistic asking price.