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Bucs field trade inquiries for Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon, a third-round pick in 2013, is 5-13 as an on-again, off-again starter, but Bucs coach Lovie Smith says Glennon “is on our roster because we think he can play.’’
Mike Glennon, a third-round pick in 2013, is 5-13 as an on-again, off-again starter, but Bucs coach Lovie Smith says Glennon “is on our roster because we think he can play.’’
Published Mar. 26, 2015

PHOENIX — Seemingly poised to take Florida State QB Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the April 30 draft, the Bucs have been getting plenty of inquiries from teams wanting to trade for Mike Glennon.

Coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday discussions about Glennon, who is 5-13 as a starter, could continue until the draft.

"We've had the first pick and we've been taking calls for a long period of time, and I assume that would go right up until the draft," Smith said. "Yes, specifically on Glennon."

Glennon, a third-round pick in 2013, won his first game in relief of injured starter Josh McCown but lost the next three before giving the job back.

"I think we want to have our quarterback position as strong as possible," Smith said. "Yes, you're a veteran and you've been in the league, you can help a young player coming in a little bit more. But Mike Glennon is on our roster because we think he can play. You need more than one good quarterback, that's why Mike is there. No one is working harder than Mike Glennon at improving his body and becoming a better quarterback."

LINE PLAY: Smith shares the concern of most fans that the Bucs' offensive line has to get better.

But the failure to address needs at guard and tackle so far doesn't mean there won't be an attempt before the start of next season.

Last season, Tampa Bay traded for G Logan Mankins 10 days before the opener.

"Yes, I, too, understand that because I've made the statement we didn't play as well as we needed to on the offensive line," Smith said. "That can lead to how other positions play, too. We can all agree on that. You have to look at who's available in free agency. You can't say, 'Let's get anybody.' You have to look and we're still in that process.

"There are a few offensive linemen out there. You have to use the draft. And when you're picking as high as we are, you have to assume you're going to get a few players who can help you through the draft."

Two rookies — T Kevin Pamphile and G Kadeem Edwards — should take a step up in their second year.

"We like their potential, and as a second-year player, we should see some improvement. We'll see how far they can go," Smith said.

ROGER THAT: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he would prefer all invitees to attend the draft but won't interfere with Winston's plans to spend the day with his family in Alabama on April 30.

"It's an opportunity. We want to see the players there, but we also respect when they want to be with their families," Goodell said.

MAGEE WAIVED: LB Brandon Magee, a key special teams player for the Bucs last season, is headed to spring training as a Red Sox prospect today after being waived Tuesday night. "I'm grateful for the opportunity they gave me at the time. Right now, I'm focused on spring training," Magee said. Magee, drafted by the Rays out of high school, chose college football at Arizona State. He worked out with the Red Sox in extended spring training as an outfielder last year then signed with the Bucs in preseason. A Bucs spokesman said Magee being cut was not related to his desire to report to the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

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Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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