Free agency begins March 11 at 4:00, and the Bucs could be very active from the get-go.
There is little doubt that Lovie Smith and Jason Licht will look to revamp the entire offense, which was one of the worst offenses in the NFL last season.
In this era of the NFL, it is apparent that if you do not have a franchise quarterback, it is extremely difficult to win consistently. However, franchise quarterbacks are rarely found in free agency.
While some suggest that the Bucs will look to bring in competition for Mike Glennon in free agency, the only real competition Mike Glennon could have for his starting spot would come via the draft. That does not mean the Bucs will not attack the position in free agency.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network believes the Bucs might be targeting one of two quarterbacks to sign to the team and become the “backup.”
Hill has been the backup quarterback to Matthew Stafford in Detroit for the last four seasons. He has played sparingly over the last three years, with his last start coming in 2010. That season he started 10 games and threw 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
It is well known of the run Josh McCown went on last year, when he filled in for the injured Jay Cutler and started 5 games. He threw 13 touchdowns and just 1 interception. My concern is whether McCown was a product of Marc Trestman’s system. Before last season, McCown served as a backup in Chicago, playing sparingly in 2011 and 2012. Before the 2011 season, McCown was coaching high school football in North Carolina.
Neither of these two quarterbacks should be any threat to Mike Glennon. If either were to beat out Mike Glennon for the starter’s job, then the Bucs could be in store for a very long season.
I expect the Bucs to sign a quarterback like the aforementioned names and still target a quarterback in May’s draft.
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