Johnny Manziel Met with Bucs at Combine

By: Justin Pawlowski - on twitter: @CommishOnline

Recently, both head coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht have made it known that they are not ready to hand the franchise of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over to incumbent starting quarterback Mike Glennon.

Over the weekend, the Buccaneers started their process of trying to find an upgrade to that position.

Peter King of si.com writes that Manziel met with 7 teams at the combine, one of which being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Manziel met with Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Dallas, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia coaches and team officials, and very likely Oakland, this weekend before flying back to Texas late Sunday afternoon.

While Manziel did not throw at the combine, he did take part in running drills. His official 40-yard dash time was 4.68 (which is very similar to Colin Kaepernick), but it was the short shuttle where he excelled. His time of 4.03 on the short shuttle is the fastest time for a quarterback since 2006. This displays Manziel’s quickness and ability to avoid the rush.

The playmaking Manziel would instantly bring an excitement on offense that the Buccaneers have not had in their history.

If the Bucs are serious about Manziel, they would likely have to trade up with a team like the St. Louis Rams to secure him.

Follow Justin Pawlowski on twitter @Commishonline for updates on the NFL Draft and the Buccaneers.

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