There were plenty of rumors before the draft regarding the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback position, as Mike Glennon was the subject of a number of trade rumors. Other reports indicated that the Bucs would target a top quarterback like Johnny Manziel, but the Bucs decided not to draft a quarterback at all last year, which ended up surprising some people. Glennon stated yesterday that Lovie Smith and Jason Licht told him he will be the team’s QB of the future, and it looks like that is indeed the case.
FOX Sports’s Alex Marvez writes that Buccaneers first-year GM Licht told him and Bill Polian on SiriusXM NFL Radio last night that the team is sold on Glennon as the long-term starter, “Having him in the building and going through that first minicamp with him and seeing how he was in meetings and interacted with the team — and more importantly how he was on the field — just secured our feelings of how we evaluated him and felt about him.
The Buccaneers decision to opt against drafting a quarterback was the first sign that the team is high on Glennon, and these comments from Licht and Glennon himself confirm the second-year pro’s place. Josh McCown looks like the likely starter this season, but the veteran’s starting job isn’t a guarantee either. Glennon outperformed every rookie quarterback last year and has a very strong arm, so he could actually beat out McCown for the opportunity to start and throw it to two big, talented long-striders on the outsides in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. It’s possible that this is all a lie, but I highly doubt the Buccaneers would have past up on a first-round QB or trading up with the Houston Texans for Derek Carr in the second round if they weren’t telling the truth here.