The 2015 NFL offseason has entered the pure speculation phase, the bit where people talk about what might be and what teams could do, based on nothing. Specifically, ESPN's Matt Williamson is talking about a possible trade of Mike Glennon, who's reportedly been on the trading block for two years but hasn't seen an offer good enough to entice the Bucs to move him.
At a surface level, trading Glennon would make some sense for the Bucs. Obviously he's not starting this year -- that's why they drafted Jameis Winston -- and neither does he really have a future with the Bucs. He's a quality backup who has marginal starting ability and still might develop into something more with time -- though I'm skeptical about that.
However, the Buccaneers don't seem ready to move Mike Glennon this year. He's one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL -- John Clayton just ranked him sixth, which I think underrates him -- but they haven't brought in any veteran competition, or even a late-round draft pick. The third quarterback on the roster is Seth Lobato, and that's it. If they trade Glennon at this point, they'll be in the worst situation in the NFL if Winston somehow gets injured.
Next year will be a different story, though. At that point the Bucs will have a good idea of how good Jameis Winston is, and to what extent he needs a quality backup to push him. More importantly, Glennon will be entering the final year of his contract. If they're ever going to get anything in return for him, and they really should, it will be next offseason. And there will be a team that's willing to give up something for him. The Bills may start Tyrod Taylor this year, after all.
That's also when Williamson's list of five teams that could trade for Glennon makes sense: the Arizona Cardinals, the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants. Teams with fairly static pocket passers who have a big arm -- the Mike Glennon prototype. They're also all teams who could use a new starter, or at least a quality backup plan over the next couple of years. Arizona in particular would be a good landing spot for Glennon.
But don't expect the Buccaneers to move Glennon before next year. It's just not going to happen.