The trade deadline is fast approaching, so we’re starting to see stories on possible NFL trades. Jenna Laine of ESPN suggested two Tampa Bay Buccaneers who could be traded before the deadline hits on Tuesday.
Glennon should generate some interest, because there are enough NFL teams out there struggling with poor quarterback play or injuries. General manager Jason Licht has maintained that he won't just give Glennon away, though, and wants a high draft pick, which is why a deal probably won't happen. One more option from the Bucs: If a team is desperate for a cornerback, former Pro Bowler Alterraun Verner, who has been benched, is likely to be available. But good luck finding a team willing to pay the rest of his contract. He's owed $6.5 million next season and will be a free agent in 2018.
While the Bucs would probably welcome the chance to get a decent draft pick for either Mike Glennon or Alterraun Verner, neither trade is likely to happen.
If a team was interested in Glennon, truly interested, they would have traded for him back in the offseason when the Bucs were peddling him left and right. A team might get desperate by mid-season, but then they’d run into this other sticky problem: the fact that Glennon isn’t all that good of a quarterback, and he’d have to learn a new system with a new team before getting on the field.
As for Verner, his contract is simply too expensive and his play not exceptional enough to warrant trading for, especially given the fact that he lost his role on defense to second-year undrafted free agent Jude Adjei-Barimah. Who would want Verner? Who would want to give up more than a token conditional seventh-rounder for him?
Realistically, the Bucs just stay put as the trade deadline approach. They don’t have any players they could readily stand to lose that other teams would want, and they don’t really have the ammunition to trade for any significant upgrades themselves.