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For Mike Glennon, Sunday could be final game with Bucs



For two years, Mike Glennon has stayed in the background as the backup quarterback to Jameis Winston, but as free agency looms this spring, the fourth-year pro could be playing in his final game with the Bucs on Sunday against Carolina.

"It could be. You never know -- the past three years really, I've thought it might be the last game for me, and I've been back," said Glennon, who has thrown only 11 passes in the last two seasons as Winston's backup. "There's probably a better chance this year than in the past, but we'll see what happens. I'm looking forward to the offseason."

Glennon, 27, has a solid body of work, having thrown for 4,100 yards with 30 career touchdowns against 15 interceptions, so he'll be among the more established options in free agency as NFL teams look for answers at a key position. He didn't take a snap last year, and is 10-for-11 this season for 75 yards and a touchdown.

The Bucs have expressed an interest in bringing Glennon back as a backup to Winston, but he may seek another opportunity with a better chance to be a starter. He said he doesn't yet know what his biggest priorities are in choosing a team this spring.

"I have no idea. It's honestly something me and my agent have said we'll talk about after the season," Glennon said. "Of course it's going to cross your mind that it's the last game. Everyone's thinking it, but being that my contract is up, of course, I'm thinking about it. That's only natural to do."

Glennon stressed that he's enjoyed working with Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, both as offensive coordinator last year and head coach this season, as well as the other players and coaches in the quarterbacks room.

"I've had a great time here in Tampa, and we'll see what happens," Glennon said. "It's exciting. I'm looking forward to an opportunity, but we'll see what happens. It's been great to see the team grow and get better. I've had a great relationship with Dirk and Jameis and all the quarterbacks. Dirk's doing a great job here and we have a close relationship. I'm excited for what's to come, but I'll worry about that when the time comes."


[Last modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 2:03pm]


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