Lone Reason To Keep Glennon

March 22nd, 2016
One logical reason to keep QB Mike Glennon.

One logical reason to keep QB Mike Glennon.

Look, Joe has nothing at all against Mike Glennon. Good dude. And from what Joe hears, he’s a helluva teammate.

Shoot, the guy was benched twice then replaced by a No. 1 overall pick and still he talks up the Bucs to free agents he knows. That’s class, man.

Barring an unforeseen and horrible tragedy to America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, Glennon’s future is not with the Bucs unless he wants to be Jameis’ backup the rest of his career.

Pretty sure that’s not Glennon’s plan. Besides, Glennon is likely to hit the lottery. His contract is up after this season, and the way desperate teams in quarterback purgatory are paying for signal-callers, Glennon’s eyes have to be filled with dollar signs. Joe can’t blame the guy one bit.

But Glennon is valuable, as in draft picks. This just in: The Bucs, with but one winning season since 2008, have holes in the roster — that could be filled by draft picks. The way Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht drafts, one pick could mean adding a valuable starter.

Yesterday, reading how Licht is not about to give away Glennon, and knowing from Joe’s sources how much Licht covets Glennon, Joe thought of the lone logical reason to keep Glennon, though it may be too late.

The NFL has real plans to play regular season games in China and Germany (please Team Glazer, schedule a game in Munich during Oktoberfest), in addition to already scheduled games in London and Mexico City. The NFL is making a big international push.

The first thing that crossed Joe’s mind upon reading this was the NFL will somehow come up with an 18-game schedule to shoe horn all these international games in without teams losing home games.

Joe spoke with a general manager a year ago and was told backchannel discussions were already underway with the NFLPA about an 18-game schedule, something the NFLPA is steadfastly opposed to.

The main carrot the NFL is sticking out is cutting preseason games. Personally, Joe would abolish all preseason games no matter the length of the regular season.

Now comes an often-told story from Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports and SiriusXM NFL Radio. Kirwan, a former NFL assistant and a pro personnel director, still has strong ties to NFL movers and shakers, including coaches, executives and suits at the NFL offices on Park Ave.

Kirwan several times has mentioned one proposal floated to get the NFLPA to jump on board with an 18-game schedule: cap the maximum number of regular season games a player can play at 16. In turn, the NFL would expand the roster offering more jobs to more players.

Joe loves this idea. It is sort of like fantasy football come to real life. Talk about intrigue: When would a coach sit his starting quarterback, his best linebacker, his top corner, etc.? Sort of like how a baseball manager sets up his pitching staff for the playoffs.

Now, enter Glennon. If the Bucs knew Glennon would have to start two games before the season even kicks off, of course your backup quarterback becomes a valuable cog in your roster.

That would be a logical reason to keep Glennon.

Of course, this may all be moot. Again, Glennon’s contract ends after the 2016 season, and Joe doesn’t hear any rumblings of an 18-game schedule coming to life in the immediate future.

25 Responses to “Lone Reason To Keep Glennon”

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    Good teammate? All the more reason for another team to want him…

  2. CrustyCrab Says:

    So the Bucs want to extend Glennon’s contract 2 years 6 million per but didn’t think Martin was worth what he received. Only in America

  3. Joe Dunn Says:

    The traveling SUCKS for teams and players . . . but I guess the owners and commish are not rich ENOUGH. What a joke.
    KEEP Glennon if at all possible!

  4. Nick Says:

    Whether it’s roster expansion or league expansion, it dilutes the product. There are barely 32 starting QBs in the league, much less 64.

  5. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “Personally, Joe would abolish all preseason games no matter the length of the regular season.”

    I like the preseason games. I think we should at least have two of them. It’s a chance for young players to get their shots…and for teams to find diamonds in hte rough (like Kwon Alexander).

    I’m in favor of reducing them, but now completely elimination them.

    But I DO think all preseason games should be free to season ticket holders.

  6. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    There is another possible explanation for Licht wanting to keep Glennon…he may actually believe the Bucs are ready to make a post season push, and as painful as it may be for some to fathom, he may actually believe that IF Winston gets hurt Mike can step in and perform at pretty much the same level as Jameis. That’s not saying Jameis and Mike have the same ceiling or intangibles but rather that both seem to be comfortable in Koetter’s system and can probably execute the necessary plays called at a similar level. Cheap insurance at QB for a team that probably believes they’re ready now even if the Joes don’t have any faith.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    A change like this is years down the road. Best to trade Glennon now.

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    Then why wouldn’t he at least make an extension offer?

    If I were Jason Licht…I would start making extension offers just to let teams believe there is a possibility that Glennon may not be available next year. That will get better offers coming in.

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    You are confusing a limited number of Bucs “fans” with the team.

  10. Clodhopper Says:

    Two games off and a bye? Fantasy footballers would lose their damn minds having to fill Aaron Rodgers spot three times in a season. Lol. Eff em

  11. Espo Says:

    How did the Bucs not think Martin was worth what he received? If they didn’t think he was worth it, he wouldn’t be here.

  12. CalBucsFan Says:

    Idiotic concept of expanding rosters and playing 18 games, hell there aren’t enough quality players to go around now to fill out the rosters! Two of the most vital positions on any team are QBs and DEs, and all we hear about from the BSPN talking heads day in and day out is how teams are looking for even one with just average skill sets. And, if there happens to be a “sleeper” out there, well by golly there must be a team out there ready to pay a kings ransom for them too, possibly even considering cutting a proven veteran to clear cap room. And we’re going to water down the rosters even more all for the sake of an 18 game season? Why?

    If they do, the NFL would begin to look more and more like the NBA with most kids showing “potential” jumping at the $$$ and leaving college after their “One-and-Done” season well before they are truly ready to compete on a professional level. The depth and lack of basketball educated players in the NBA is sadly obvious and at the end of most team benches there is a day-care for D-league players, so is that what the NFL wants to happen to their league too? I guess it’s obvious why they do, after all it’s all about the money. Same for most of the kids coming out too early as well, it’s all about the money to them too.

    Sad, I thought of going another direction to close here, something about “in the good old days….”, but I guess I see now that it’s just that I was younger “back in the day” when the only thing that seemed to matter was the sport, the team, the city and the fan base. And it was, at least to me. Now that I’m older and hopefully wiser, it’s become annoying clear that it’s really just a business and therefore it has always been about the money.

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    I agree with you here CrustyCrab. The bucs will pay everybody anything. But almost had to be brought to their knees just to give Martin 7 mil a year. They paid washed up Mankins Bank. And..oh well..its the Bucs way. If…Jameis continues to get better, when his current contract is up. Its gonna be interesting to se what kinda money he’s gonna demand. Even more interesting is what the Bucs will offer him. You can bet..it won’t be what he’s worth. Better call Saul.

  14. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    @ Bonzai

    I’d guess becaude Glennon probably wouldn’t want an extension without a real shot at starting with the Bucs, which realistically isn’t going to happen. I think if an idiot fan like myself could see through that sham (extension offer for Mike) then professional football executives would too…a waste of time all around. Mike’s value is what we all see…a high quality backup with starting experience in Tampa who, barring career ending injury to Jameis, will most likely never get the start in Tampa again. He has enough skill and talent to probably step in if called upon without any significant drop off AT THIS POINT in Winston’s development. Translation…Jameis has more intangibles and natural talent than Mike, but the divide between the two as far as executing Koetter’s game plan isn’t as wide yet as it likely will be in a few years.

  15. briandorry55 Says:

    Putting my PC aside for a moment…


    Forcing teams to play backups in a league where every game is so precious? Just an awful idea.

  16. Joe Says:

    Idiotic concept of expanding rosters and playing 18 games, hell there aren’t enough quality players to go around now to fill out the rosters!

    Maybe on the surface from a purist standpoint, perhaps (though Joe heard the same song and dance the last two times the NFL had expansion teams).

    There are TV networks and tech companies (Apple, Google, Yahoo) with their checkbooks and pens in hand, ready to cut billion dollar checks for the rights to broadcast additional games.

    Throw in the fact that more international games (and there will be more and more) means less home games, you can surely see the financial logic behind the push for a longer regular season.

    Would much rather see the regular season expanded than the playoffs watered down with more wild cards.

  17. Joe Says:

    Forcing teams to play backups in a league where every game is so precious?

    Teams are forced every week to play backups as it is. Don’t know of too many teams that have all their starters play each week for 16 weeks.

  18. Stanglassman Says:

    Charging season ticket holders full price for two games a year is smart?

    I knew there was a push to cut the preseason games down to 2 and make 18 game schedule. This is this 1st I’ve heard about the 16 game per player limit, I think it’s an interesting idea.

  19. Pickgrin Says:

    We don’t need an “international” NFL. Hell – its hard enough on the players as it is traveling from East coast to West coast and back. Jet lag is real – and when you cross 6, 8 or 10 time zones – it takes a few days to recover from that.

    I love NFL football – always have since I was like 5 years old – but I don’t like what the league is becoming. Is there no end to the greed? The average family can barely afford to go to games anymore and a lot of families can’t afford the “NFL experience” at all. Continuing to make decisions for the league that keep pushing the price of this form of “entertainment” higher and higher – so as to maximize even further profits for the Billionaire owners and league officials – is at some point risking the entire future of football.

    Apparently King Goodell feels that his $35M+ per year “compensation” needs boosting… SMH

  20. salish_seamonster Says:

    International games are idiotic. 16 games is enough. Leave well enough alone. Also, managing the games played for each player over the course of a season would require another level of planning, probably an additional assistant coach just to keep track. Also, it’s just a nightmare. When do you play all your front-line guys? Obviously, you want to have them ready for the last part of the year when pushing for playoffs, but you also want to start the year strong. Midseason isn’t a good time to lose momentum. There is no good time to rest your best players… The NFL has been trying to get a little too clever with all these changes they’re trying to make, which really started when Goodell took over.

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m against NFL expansion into foreign locales also. NFL is tax exempt right? Corporations paid big taxes just 50 years ago, now they don’t want to pay any taxes.

  22. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    I love the idea of capping players at 16 games in an 18 game season, and getting rid of all preseason games. The USFL did it and college does it. An idea whose time has come. I think I’d all ow QB’s and kickers play the full schedule, however.

  23. America's Commenter Says:

    Another reason to keep Glennon would be as a valuable insurance policy in the event the Bucs are in a playoff run and Winston has to miss two games for whatever reason. Glennon could certainly keep the offense competitive for two games, which could save a whole season. Just like Osweiler did for Denver last season.

    Imagine if the Cowboys had somebody like Glennon as a backup last season when Romo went down. If Glennon could have gone .500, the Cowboys could have had Romo back at full speed for the playoff run and possibly won the division. (Personally, I’m glad they didn’t because I really dislike the Cowboys!)

    Licht should not trade Glennon unless it’s clear the Bucs are out of the playoff hunt by the time the trade deadline arrives or unless the Bucs get a serviceable backup QB at a reasonable price as part of the trade. I suppose getting a nice draft pick would be ok if the Bucs were able to draft a capable backup for Winston.

  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    I just read somewhere Our Bucs are thinking about paying Glennon 6 mil for 2 yrs? GIVEMEABREAK! Yep..we probably would. Yet we pass on Mario Williams and almost lose Doug martin over 7 mil a year. You don’t have to be smart to..research Our Buc history. When you do..you will connect the dots. Know your Buc history.

  25. Pick6 Says:

    “almost lose doug martin”? didn’t realize you were so close to the negotations, Mike Johnson