Trio Of Bucs Lure Sweezy

March 14th, 2016
Helped lure J.R. Sweezy.

Helped recruit J.R. Sweezy.

Chalk it up to Jameis the recruiter. He struck again.

Joe has already brought word how America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, charmed Miko Grimes and her husband, new Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes, at the Pro Bowl and helped make a big impression on the couple.

It appears Jameis wasn’t done recruiting there.

When the Bucs had new left guard J.R. Sweezy speak before the Tampa Bay pen and mic club last week, Sweezy mentioned there were three Bucs players he spoke with that heavily influenced his decision to sign: Jameis, of course, Joe Hawley and Sweezy’s former college teammate at NC State, Mike Glennon.

“I’ve talked to a couple of guys,” Sweezy said. “I’ve talked to Mike Glennon, I texted with Jameis a few times, and Joe [Hawley], I’ve texted Joe a few times, and it’s just the same message. Everybody loves it here, everybody is excited to come to work and that’s exactly what I want to be a part of.

“I wanted to go somewhere to be valued and to be a part of something special. Again, it keeps coming to that, but it’s true. The way that I felt and the way that I was pulled – this is where I feel like I’m supposed to be and I’m excited to start. I’m excited to be a Buc.”

Major props here to Glennon. Here is a quarterback who was benched twice by Lovie Smith, and then saw his job gone for good when the Bucs drafted Jameis.

In all likelihood, Glennon will not be here next year. Entering the last year of his contract, with teams shelling out Powerball-like winnings to largely untried backups, Glennon (and his agent) have to be seeing dollar signs in the horizon. And Joe doesn’t blame Glennon one bit if he already is salivating at the thought of testing the free agent market.

And after all of that, and knowing all of that, Glennon still was talking up the Bucs to prospective free agents. That’s class. Says a lot about the guy.

Major props to Glennon.

19 Responses to “Trio Of Bucs Lure Sweezy”

  1. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    Blows me away about Glennon. He will get his shot, very deservedly so. I just hope the Bucs can get something better than a compensatory, and for this year.

  2. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Major props to Glennon.

    Agree completely. He’s going to be a rich kid in a couple of years and he’s earned it. He’s kept his head down and simply done his job.

    How much did the Saints fork over for McCown. It’s just too bad we can’t afford to keep MG8 to back up #3. MG8 is not the guy to put a team on his back and carry it, not the same leadership skills as #3, but he is a competent NFL QB who when given the reins to a great team can probably get the job done. I just wish we could afford to carry him like the Saints do McCown.

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Mike Glennon has personified class from Day One here. He reminds me a lot of Brad Johnson. Whichever team finally gets him will be really fortunate. With decent protection and coaching, Mike has a bright future ahead of him I’m convinced.

    Was looking at our FA signings, and it might be just coincidence, but each of the first 4 FAs (Martin, Sweezy, Ayers and Grimes) got roughly $7 mil per year. The guaranteed $$$ looks to be about 2 years worth for each of the first three.
    All four (plus Conte) will most likely be starters. Looks like smart negotiating on Licht’s part.

  4. James Walker Says:

    Glennon will get guaranteed money if he becomes a free agent. If he can play well enough to play out his contract is up in the air.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Mike Glennon has been a class act…..he takes a lot of ridicule and has accepted his role with a good attitude.
    I also wish there were some way to keep him but I’m sure it won’t be simply money….Mike wants a chance to start and he deserves the opportunity.

    As for Miko being influenced by Jameis….I suspect the money helped

  6. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    This team before me attitude is another reason teams are asking to trade for him.

  7. MadMax Says:

    Glennon has always been a stand up person….nothing but mad respect for him. He’ll do well wherever he ends up and though I like seeing him as a Buc, I want him to shine somewhere as a starter, and we all know it wont be here.

  8. JAB83 Says:

    I would not be supprised at all if Mike G is satisfied being a career back up… He will not just be handed over a starting job if he leaves… Which will force him to consider staying in Tampa…

    Thus look for this come next off season… If a team is not willing to pay him like a starter (which is not likely for a 5th year back up) than he will resign with us…

    However Lovie might try to bring him in as a starter at Illinois… Seriously though I can see him staying in Tampa as a career back up if the perfect situation does not pop up for him… It would add to his value on the market and would bring higher trade value down the line…

    Don’t be shocked if he stays is all I’m saying!!!! He clearly likes it here if he is recruiting his buddy!!!

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Jason Licht must believe he can get a late first rounder for Mike Glennon in the draft…or an early second rounder.

    He already turned down a late second rounder. Hard to believe.

    If Mike Glennon shows his stuff and shines in preseason…really shines, we’ll get those first round offers.

    So I hope he throws like 7 touchdowns in the Preseason. And no picks or fumbles.

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    JAB83 Says
    “He will not just be handed over a starting job if he leaves…”

    I don’t want him starting here, but he is much better than about a 3rd of the current starting quarterbacks. With the right team, he probably would be given the starting job.

    Like the Broncos. Can you imagine him behind that offensive line? He’d shine.

  11. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    As one of the few remaining card carrying “Glennon Mob” members I would be willing to wager Mike has no desire to pass up a potential opportunity to start for a NFL franchise in order to remain a backup for the rest of his career in Tampa. I believe Mike does like it in Tampa and is using his opportunity to learn more from a good OC (Koetter last year) and improve his craft for the big payday probably waiting for him next year. He is by far the best QB taken in that putrid 2013 draft class of QB’s and is arguably as good or better than quite a few current starters on teams (Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Texans, Browns, Chiefs, Rams, 49ers, heck maybe even the Redskins, Vikings, and Bears?). I still think Mike has all the tools to be a solid NFL starting QB for years to come, so why would he chose to remain JW’s career backup?

  12. USFBUC Says:

    Glennon would get the starting job handed to him or the future starting job in the right situation. He put up solid numbers as a rookie in 13 games and could have thrown for over 3000 yds and 20+ TDs if he started 16 games that year all while on a terrible Bucs team. Statistically he was better as a rookie than many other QBs in their rookie seasons some of whom are currently starters.

  13. Stanglassman Says:

    I agree that Glennon would shine with the Broncos but it wouldn’t be because of the 23rd rated pass blocking Oline it would be because of that beast of a Defense.

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    Always have like Glennon. He’s played his string well. To bad some of that class did not rub off on Josh Freeman. Glennon will get his well deserved shot sometime in the future.

  15. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Sorry, I just don’t see us getting more than a 6 or 7th round pick for him. He’s more valuable to the Bucs as a backup. That’s why he is still here today. Simple as that.

  16. Buccfan37 Says:

    Hmm, just hold those laudatory takes on Glennon until he is gone. Maybe a raffle would work to get him out the door.

  17. Owlykat Says:

    If a second round pick was offered for Glennon this year, Licht should have taken it. If Winston goes down Glennon is not good enough to take us to the playoffs. He holds the ball til a receiver is clearly open which is rare for the Bucs because nobody has coached them to run disciplined routes. If he throws straight down the field he is accurate but off in any other deep passes. His third down completion stats are awful. However, if the defense gets a turnover deep in enemy territory Glennon can throw completions in the end zone. Nice guy and very smart but with the game on the line he chokes. If he gets a shot with the Broncos with their great defense and a strong OL he is a game manager and could win.

  18. SOEbuc Says:

    I’ve always liked Glennon as a player and a person. Met him at the bar a few years ago (I think he was drinking soda) and he was a really nice guy. I always thought he had a cannon also, so whether he leaves the bucs this year or next, best of luck to ya MG

  19. mike10 Says:

    Ya ya, I’ll tell you who the biggest recruiter was: Jason Licht.

    This guy ranked 131 among all guards (PFF), got the same money as the RT from KC, who ranked best at his position.

    Licht is the fugly cardiologist with the smoke show of a wife, who married him for love..