Bucs rebuff multiple trade requests for Glennon
The Bucs rebuffed trade requests from at least a half dozen teams for quarterback Mike Glennon, some of which inquired multiple times during the NFL draft.
In fact, those teams said they regarded Glennon as a better quarterback than most of the prospects available during the three-day selection show.
But the Bucs consider Glennon their 'quarterback of the future,' and have no intentions of dealing the second-year pro.
""There's a lot of interest and we want to keep Mike,'' Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Saturday. "(They were) just feeling it out. I know that Mike has a very good reputation throughout the league as far as his developmental future.''
Glennon, a third-round pick by the Bucs from North Carolina State last year, started 13 games in 2013 as a rookie, going 4-9 with 19 touchdowns and nine intercepions.
That performance wasn't enough to keep coach Lovie Smith and the Bucs from signing Bears free agent quarterback Josh McCown to a two-year, $10-million contract in March and naming him the starter. Nor did it prevent the Bucs from interviewing nearly every quarterback in the draft and coming away 'impressed,' by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
But after bypassing Manziel with the seventh overall pick for Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans, Smith pronounced Glennon as the Bucs' quarterback of the future. Tampa Bay used all six of their picks on offensive players but none were a quarterback.
"A lot of talk has gone on about Mike Glennon,'' Smith said. "What I've said is Josh McCown is our starter, which he is. Love Josh. And Josh is excited, more so than or as excited as any fan that we have about the offensive group. But what I've said is that we like Mike Glennon and Mike has an excellent future in the league and that's how it's played out.''
Smith said he received further confirmation of Glennon's ability during a three-day minicamp one week prior to the draft.
"When you have a chance to compare, you make as many comparisons as you can,'' Smith saod. "We had a lot of good quarterbacks come through. I enjoyed meeting all of them and feel like there's a lot of them that will play well in the league. But I didn't get a chance to get to know them and really see them in action like I've seen Mike. And what I've done, I've been in position meetings with Mike, I've been around Mike in every environment that you can think of. And then just watch him on the football field and what you ask a quarterback to do. Smart. Makes checks. And then throw the football. Mike can make all the throws. I knew what he can do throwing-wise and all that before, but to just see it up close and personal.''