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While the national media is still a little behind, those of us in Tampa understand the need the Bucs currently have at quarterback. I have stated that I feel quarterback is the biggest need for the Bucs heading into Thursday’s draft, and you can read why here.
If the Bucs do target a quarterback early in this draft, expect the Bucs to try extremely hard to trade Mike Glennon.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport feel the Bucs asking price might be much higher than most would anticipate.
While a 2nd round pick seems very high for a quarterback the Buccaneers appear to have little interest in keeping around, the fact is that Glennon threw for 19 touchdowns and just 9 interceptions as a rookie in an offense that was depleted by injuries. Glennon does not fit the profile of the type of quarterback new offensive coordinator wants running his offense. Tedford’s ideal quarterback is most likely mobile, athletic, accurate, and has a quick release. These traits are not the type you’d use to describe the immobile Glennon.
“If you have conviction in that room on Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles,” Daniel Jeremiah said about the Bucs on the NFL Network. “I think you go ahead and take your guy for the future. You got to have a quarterback in this league. You got to have one quarterback long-term. I think it’s about it’s about being convicted and having the grades on a guy.”
I believe the Bucs have already been actively shopping Glennon to teams leading up to the draft, and would likely take as low as a 4th or 5th round pick in return for Glennon, especially if they select a quarterback in the 1st round on Thursday. I also believe a quarterback has been under consideration since Lovie Smith was hired by the Bucs.
ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Caplan recently said that Glennon is “as good as gone.”
If Glennon is “as good as gone,” why wouldn’t the Bucs target a quarterback early in this draft?
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