Draft Value And Cash Value For Mike GlennonMay 4th, 2013
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik has made it clear a few times that rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was drafted by the Bucs because he was their highest-rated player available when Tampa Bay’s number was called in the third round.
But yesterday Dominik also talked about the potential cash value of Glennon during an interview with Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski, of 98.7 FM.
Signing and developing a talent like Glennon, Dominik says, is a reason why the Bucs will have money to pay studs like Darrelle Revis, the other seven Pro Bowl talents on the roster, retain key players.
“If you’ve watched the league, and you see the backup quarterback market and where it’s going, it used to be $1 million to $2 million, now it’s $4 million to $5 million for a really good backup,” Dominik said. “When you draft a player like Mike Glennon in the third round, and you feel like he not only has a chance to develop, but be good value for you because now he’s costing you $600,000 to $700,000 per year. That’s how you can improve the front line of your team. That’s how Darrelle Revis is on this football team. That’s how we get Dashon Goldson. That’s how we’re going to continue to keep a lot of our players going forward. It was a pick that made sense for us as far as fitting our system. It was a pick that made sense for us in terms of depth and potential. And it was a pick for us that was the highest-rated player on our board, and we stuck to our board.”
Also, in a comment that won’t make Dan Orlovsky’s agent happy, Dominik said, “We didn’t want to be in a situation where, if something happened to Freeman, that our season’s over. … If that happened, we wanted to have a young guy that’s ready to roll.”
Joe knows the pressure on Dominik and the New Schiano Order. They’re loaded with supreme talent, and it’s the second year of the regime. That means leaving the Bucs without a talented backup would be irresponsible.
The Bucs were courting Matt Cassel, per various reports, and possibly sniffing Carson Palmer, guys who could win a football game. Neither panned out, so they went the Glennon route after holding their nose and re-signing Dan Orlovsky.
It makes good football sense, though the value of Glennon is only perceived until he shows he can play. Frankly, if Glennon proves as capable as a young Chris Simms, then the Bucs did well with the draft pick. Despite all the optimism surrounding Glennon, there’s a reason he fell to the third round in a quarterback-driven league.