Hurt By Free AgencyMarch 20th, 2014
Just like in your kitchen grocery pantry. Or better, your clothes closet in the bedroom.
When you shop and buy new stuff, older stuff in storage tends to get pushed around, or in the case of clothes, gets pushed aside and in some cases, the old threads won’t see the light of day until they are dropped off at a Salvation Army thrift store.
Such is the case for NFL players when teams go free agent shopping. Just look at the Bucs’ offensive line, for example. Two rocks of that line, Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, quickly found themselves unemployed (though Penn found another team).
Yes, while free agency may help some teams, it does hurt some players both in the wallet and in playing time, and, perhaps, their egos. Indefatigable Gregg Rosenthall of NFL.com takes a look at what players have suffered most. At the top of the list is Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon.
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback: Glennon was the best rookie quarterback in the NFL last year. He showed a lot of positive traits from surprising accuracy to calm in the pocket.
If Greg Schiano had kept his job, Glennon had a shot to become a franchise quarterback. Now he’s a backup behind Lovie Smith-approved Josh McCown. Glennon being named a backup was one of the biggest surprises in all of free agency thus far. Perhaps new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford could help Glennon’s career, but it’s more likely that Glennon is stuck with an organization that doesn’t love his skill set.
This is not a knock on Glennon in any way, shape or form; this wasn’t really surprising. The ugly truth is Glennon led the NFL’s No. 32 offense. That’s dead last, folks. Even Father Dungy hid his eyes when reading that. How many times did Lovie say he wanted to bring in other quarterbacks? That’s code for he wasn’t won over by Glennon. Lovie’s actions last week reinforced that notion.
Yes, Rosenthal is right, had former Bucs commander Greg Schiano survived, there is no question that Glennon would have kept his gig. But when Team Glazer hired general manager Jason Licht and Lovie, whenever the two spoke about specific players (sans Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Darrelle Revis, Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin), they would almost always qualify their statements with the closing comment, “But we were 4-12.” The new Bucs regime all but promised sweeping changes.
Glennon was not drafted by Lovie and Licht. He was not promoted to the starting gig by Lovie and Licht. Lovie and Licht have zero invested in him. And if you believe helmet-hair Mel Kiper, the duo will take offers for Glennon from potential suitors.
As Joseph famously said when he was released by the new Bucs regime, “Their house; their rules.”