Draft Value And Cash Value For Mike Glennon

May 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.

34 Responses to “Draft Value And Cash Value For Mike Glennon”

  1. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Dude looks like Napoleon Dynamite.

  2. tampabaybucfan Says:

    The drafting of Glennon is great insurance on many fronts. One of them (not spoken of) is leverage when contract renewal time comes for Freeman. The Bucs now have other options and could save millions over a few years on Freeman’s next contract. I’m not saying we shouldn’t pay Freeman well if he earns it, but it could be the difference of a couple of million a year over five years….that’s some real money!!!
    I watched a lot of footage of Glennon & he is impressive to me the Bucs and probably also Freeman.

  3. TomMT Says:

    That is one tall dude. I’d want to be far away from him in a lightning storm during practice.

  4. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Competition at all positions gives options. Good move by the Bucs front office.

  5. BOb Says:

    So a backup was rated higher than their potential starting DT????

  6. Oldguy Says:

    No Chris Simms comparisons please.

  7. Oldguy Says:

    BTW – Did the Bucs really sign returner Jeff Hughley from the Arena League? Can’t find much out about this deal.

  8. Bobby Says:

    @BOb…..that’s not unusual. Don’t forget that the 49’rs took a QB in the second round of the 2011 draft. He was a backup that is now the starter. Washington drafted RGIII and then drafted another QB as a backup. QB>DT.

  9. tampabaybucfan Says:

    @Old Guy

    Yes, we signed Hughley Thursday. Here is a link.


  10. tye Says:

    For the past 2 seasons Boos could be heard for JF at RJS during the games, Especially the later in the season it got and the losing mounted…

    It will be interesting to see if those boos turn into Glennon chants and signs… If JF comes out flat and inconsistent at the 1st of this season and the Bucs start losing early, many fans will become inconsolable!

  11. TrueBlue Says:

    This certainly demonstrates the recent (last year and this) change in Dominic’s approach to team building. No longer is he throwing silly money at guys like Mike Clayton and Quincy Black. That is why Bennett and Miller were allowed to walk. Why fill a team with over paid mid level talent when he can have a team with several pro bowl talents supported by a bunch of hungry up and comers.

    The new guys will be playing around and learning from some of the best the NFL has to offer. Sounds like a smart plan to develop a long term contender. The future is bright. Go Dom. Go Bucs.

  12. Oldguy Says:

    TBBFan – Thanks. Small, but it looks like he would have a good shot. We need a consistent returner. He wasn’t listed on the roster with all the other new folks. Hope he gets a good look.

  13. K_bassuka Says:

    That’s only true if he doesn’t bust out like the majority of our picks…

  14. Macabee Says:


    Who was cut? At the 90 player NFL-mandated limit, each time they add a player, they must cut a player.

  15. Macabee Says:

    Sorry, meant tampabaybucfan!

  16. JohnnyD Says:

    Jeff Hughley signed a free agent contrat with the Bucs and reported to the team on May 2nd.

  17. Oldguy Says:

    There were 4/5 cuts/retirements listed last week. Irvin, Kaeding, a TE.

  18. tampabaybucfan Says:


    I think we had moved under to 89 with the last set of “retirements” and cuts

  19. Macabee Says:


    There were 95 players on the Bucs website prior to signing 13 UDFAs. There were 2 retirees and 3 cuts to get to the 90 man limit. Go to Buccaneers.com count the roster and look for Hughley!

  20. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Myron should “retire”….make room for someone with more than potential. The recent change of numbers could have been the perfect opportunity.

  21. Oldguy Says:

    Mac – Did that and Hughley is not on the roster. (At least on my computer.)

  22. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I think the main reason QB’s were devalued in this years draft, is because there were no RG III’s or Wilsons, Caepernicks, etc.
    Glennon is a pure pocket passer type, not a read option guy.
    However, it was a pocket passer (Flacco) who won the Super Bowl.

    I think we got a real bargain in Glennon, who some felt could have been a low ist round, or high 2nd round pick.

    Tampa is not set up for a read option type of QB. We are a running team, with a vertical passing game. Glennon fits us, to a Tee!

  23. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hughley has already made Wikapedia as a Buc signee…along with beyondsportsnetwork.com & jacksonville.com also embargozone.com, articlewn.com…..these aren’t the most credible sources…but probably some truth to the story.

  24. Macabee Says:


    This is small potatoes. Not trying to be a wiseguy. I didn’t know about Hughley. I honestly thought tampabay might know who was cut also, because when Hughley is officially added to the roster, there must be a corresponding cut!

  25. BamBamBuc Says:

    Don’t forget that the team may sign players to tryout contracts that don’t count towards the 90 man roster…

  26. Pete 422 Says:

    Smart: has a Bachelors & Masters with a 3.8 GPA. He’ll pick up the Offense fast, will be ready if Freeman gets hurt (expect Freeman to play well).

    Gruden camp link: http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=lGfQQPYx3dQ

  27. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    A valid point made in this article. Especially when you look around the league at all the teams with entrenched starters that drafted a QB this year. Many teams opting for the cheap rookie over the seasoned vet because of the ever growing price gap between them. Not to mention with the young rookie there is upside. Not usually so with a veteran journey man ala David Carr, Orlovsky, Quinn, etc.

    A smart move taking a QB this year and recognizing trends.

  28. MR.T Says:

    might make a good KO returner/slot receiver. I hope he’s Hughley successful for us.

  29. PRBucFan Says:

    Thing I like about this guy is his intelligence actually translates to the field.

  30. PRBucFan Says:

    He doesn’t play scared or confused and he has pocket awareness.

  31. LadyZ Says:

    Just looking for him to get a fare shake. Third interception should set someone’s butt sat on the bench and this kid given a chance to salvage the game.

  32. the_buc_realist Says:

    Start the Stork!!!

  33. Joe Dunn Says:

    Glennon NEEDS DEVELOPMENT, all the experts agreed on that…….3rd round does not mean he sucks….. he could be GOOD one day, not GREAT. Take a deep breath mensas. Bucs won games with Shaun King and Brad Johnson……where were they drafted??

  34. PRBucFan Says:

    He could be great