Excuse my corny title, but I think the question of what do to with Mike Glennon needs to be answered. Personally, I have nothing against Glennon. I think he’s a nice guy who kept a good attitude, even though a young rookie came in and took his job. Glennon didn’t take one snap for the Buccaneers last season. From quick snaps of videos, here and there, he typically seemed to be embracing the “Team first” attitude. However, being a good teammate is about the ceiling on the value that Mike Glennon brings to this team.
I think that the only real argument for keeping Mike Glennon on this team is the backwards thinking idiocy that says, “He’d be a good backup if Jameis went down.” That thought, at its core, is correct. Mike Glennon could come in and be a serviceable quarterback if Jameis Winston was to get hurt. However, to me, that’s just a stupid way of thinking. If Jameis goes down, our chances of competing for anything are gone. Tampa Bay doesn’t have a veteran laden team with an all-star defense (see Denver 2015) that can just handle a QB switch seamlessly. Most teams (let alone a team that has 8 wins over the last two seasons) can’t have their most important player go down and just keep going on without any issue.
This thinking of “Glennon being there in case Jameis gets hurt” is also asinine to me when you consider it’s so reactive, instead of proactive. Winning football teams go out and proactively take measures to win football games. Losing football teams reactively make decisions based upon circumstances that have blindsided them. Instead of holding onto Glennon “in case Jameis isn’t there”, how about they proactively trade Glennon and try to fill his roster spot with something that will help prevent Jameis from getting hurt (whether that’s adding another weapon or an offensive lineman to protect him).
Rumors say that the Buccaneers are looking for something like a 3rd round pick in exchange for Mike Glennon, which would mean that they basically rented him for 3 years and then got their investment back. If they’re able to get a 3rd rounder for him, that’d be great. If not, who cares? You obviously want to get as much as you can for a player you are losing. But, again, I just don’t feel like Glennon provides much to this team. He’s a solid backup, sure. But, if the Bucs get in a spot to need Glennon, the season is likely over anyway. Trade him now, get something in return, and work on continuing to build around Winston. Maybe we can have Gil Arcia write an open letter to get this done. I’ll see what I can do on that front.