Licht Explains Glennon Trade ChatterMay 14th, 2014
A representative of a Bucs media outlet went on local radio and “guaranteed” backup quarterback Mike Glennon would be dealt during the weekend of the draft. National media types were abuzz about where Glennon may end up and what the Bucs could get in return.
Even Joe thought it was a good bet Glennon would be traded for a coveted draft pick.
That didn’t happen, as the Bucs seemingly believe they have something in Glennon.
Yes, teams did try to trade for him. Bucs general manager Jason Licht explained to Joe’s good friend, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog” of WDAE-AM this week, that trade talks didn’t get very far at all.
“We never got to the point where we discussed draft picks,” Licht said of NFL teams’ inquiries. “We fielded several calls and had several conversations and those conversations would end when I said we wanted to go with Mike Glennon on our roster moving forward.”
On face value, it would be easy to say no one blew Licht’s doors off with an offer he couldn’t refuse. That’s fair. Joe has a hard time believing any reserve player wouldn’t be moved if a team offered the sun and the moon for him. Especially to a team that craved draft picks.
Now Joe has a friend who works for an NFL broadcast network with a major sports news department. Joe’s contact claims he heard many teams called Licht about Glennon’s services, including teams that would have sent the Bucs multiple picks and/or players. These teams liked Glennon more than the quarterbacks in the draft.
Joe can see the Mike Glennon Mob spilling their coffees on their keyboards as they jump up and down with glee reading that last paragraph. But remember: Dave Wannstedt once thought Rick Mirer was worth the 13th overall pick in the draft, too.