There seems to be a match here. The quarterback free agent market is a barren desert, and the Bucs have a backup quarterback with starting experience entering the final year of his rookie contract. After seeing what Brock Osweiler made on the open market, there's no way the Bucs will be keeping Mike Glennon next off-season, so what's the deal?
Are teams calling?
Are the Bucs willing to trade Glennon now and get something in return?
The answer is "YES."
Teams apparently are calling, and the Bucs are apparently willing to pull the trigger if the price is right. The issue is that the price tag is pretty damn high.
Mike Francesa said on WFAN in New York that the Jets have shown significant interest in Glennon, but have backed away because of the price tag.
“The Jets were one of the teams that called about Glennon,” Francesa said. “But they got the same thing that everyone else got. They want a first round pick”
Bucs GM Jason Licht has some stones to ask for a 1st round pick in return for Glennon, but when you consider the landscape, it's not as crazy as first thought. Quarterback is the most important position in sports. This off-season in both free agency and the draft is without top quarterback talent. For teams like the Jets and Broncos picking at the 20th and 31st picks respectively, they're stuck with the quarterbacks already on their roster for the 2016 season unless a trade opportunity comes their way.
This is simple supply and demand. The demand is always high for teams that lack a franchise quarterback, but without answers in free agency and the draft, the supply is extremely low this year, especially for teams picking in the back-end of the 1st round. Jason Licht is playing this perfectly. He knows these teams would much rather have Glennon than the erratic Colin Kaepernick, so I expect him to stand his ground.
In the end, are the Jets ready to enter 2016 with Geno Smith and Bryce Petty at quarterback? Are the Broncos ready to defend their Super Bowl championship with Mark Sanchez at quarterback? Are the Rams ready to finally add a legit quarterback to a talented roster in hopes of having a record better than 7-9?
Jason Licht may or may not get a 1st round pick in return for Mike Glennon in the end, but he's at least listening and considering, which is a big step. I wouldn't be surprised one bit if the Bucs have at least an extra 2nd round pick in this year's NFL Draft when it is all said and done.
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