A former Buccaneers quarterback — the veteran Josh McCown — is drawing interest in free agency after having been released by Tampa Bay earlier this month. But a current Bucs QB — third-year signal-caller Mike Glennon — might be able to bring back the Bucs some form of compensation if they’re willing to trade him. Per Adam Caplan of ESPN (Twitter link), the feeling around the league is that Tampa could receive as much as a third-round pick if it decides to deal Glennon.
One team that might show interest, unsurprisingly, is the Browns, who have also been linked to both McCown and Sam Bradford as they attempt to upgrade their quarterback situation. Two league sources tell Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com that Cleveland has “sniffed around” on Glennon’s availability, and while there haven’t been any formal offers, it seems like the Browns would certainly been amenable to discussing a trade. Caplan confirms Fowler’s report (Twitter link), adding that the Browns have been looking into Glennon for some time.
If the Buccaneers are set on using the first overall pick in this year’s draft to select a QB — either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota — then attempting to secure compensation for Glennon would probably be the right move. Besides those top two options, the draft doesn’t offer much depth at the quarterback position, and the free agent market is equally lacking, so Glennon would present an alternative for QB-needy teams. In turn, the Browns — who hold two first-round picks — could be interested in parting with a mid-round selection in order to acquire Glennon.
Glennon isn’t outstanding by any means, but at age 25 he offers youth, and he’s been at least mildly capable throughout his first two years in the league. He’s signed for the next two seasons, with cap figures under $1MM in both years.