TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made it clear they are willing to trade the seventh overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. Are they willing to make backup quarterback Mike Glennon part of that deal, too?
One member of ESPN’s NFL Insiders believes they are, and he says just about everyone around the league knows.
“It’s obvious to me and people around the league that (the Bucs) are going to try to move him,” Adam Caplan said during a radio interview this week on WDAE (620 AM). “They have denied this, but I think Mike Glennon is going to be good as gone.’’
Glennon, a third-round pick out of North Carolina State in 2013, took over as starting quarterback early last season after the benching and eventual release of Josh Freeman. However, the Bucs signed veteran Josh McCown during free agency in March and named him the starter going into training camp.
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith, who replaced Greg Schiano in January, expressed great pleasure with his quarterback contingent during a news conference Tuesday, going so far as to call Glennon an “excellent quarterback.’’
But this is the time of the year when smoke screens are being thrown up all over the league to hide true team intentions, and it’s not like the Bucs under Smith are afraid to move bodies.
The Bucs have already traded starting wide receiver Mike Williams and starting center Jeremy Zuttah this offseason, and they tried desperately to trade other more notable players before releasing them.
That group included five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, two-time Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph and one-time Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn.