The Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to trade Mike Glennon, and the New York Jets need a quarterback. The Jets also have a top-notch player on a one-year contract in Muhammad Wilkerson. Both teams and players have been mentioned in various trade scenarios, so it was only a matter of time before someone would speculate that the Bucs and Jets would swap Wilkerson and Glennon. And so Manish Mehta did, in the New York Daily News -- as speculation, mind you.
The Jets still want to retain Ryan Fitzpatrick, but they're considering alternate options if the veteran doesn't return. The team has done their due diligence on available signal callers, including the Bucs' backup. Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter all but admitted that Glennon, who won't see the light of day for the Bucs unless Jameis Winston gets injured, can be had in a trade.
The feeling around the league is that the Bucs don't have to get a first-round pick in return for Glennon, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Would the Jets be willing to dole out a second-rounder for Glennon? A third-rounder is a no-brainer for a player, who can start right away and have a chance to be your long-term answer at quarterback.
Why this makes sense
The Buccaneers need a defensive end, the Jets need a quarterback, and both Wilkerson and Glennon have only one year left on their contracts. The Bucs have publicly acknowledged that they've been talking to teams about Glennon, and they need to find a trade partner -- or let Glennon walk away next year, with the only compensation a potential compensatory pick in 2018.
Meanwhile, the Jets don't have a starting quarterback. They need to find one. And they'd prefer not to be pigeonholed into taking one in the draft -- with the risk of missing out on a signal caller if they are. Mike Glennon is probably the best quarterback available in trade. Someone with starting experience who has the potential to turn into a reliable game manager, given the opportunity.
Why this doesn't make sense
The Jets really want Ryan Fitzpatrick back, and there's no reason for them to give up assets for Glennon when they can simply pay Fitzpatrick what he wants. For the Jets to actually pull the trigger on a Glennon trade, they'd have to give up on the prospect of re-signing Fitzpatrick. That's not going to happen -- at least not for a while yet.
In addition, Wilkerson doesn't quite fit what the Bucs need. They need an edge rusher, someone who can line up outside of an offensive tackle and beat him around the corner with consistency. Wilkerson's a very good player, but he's a 3-4 defensive end who can play defensive tackle on passing downs. That's a valuable skillset, but the Bucs just signed someone who fits that in Robert Ayers, and have William Gholston on the roster. In addition to that, they still have Akeem Spence and Clinton McDonald at defensive tackle as well.
And then there's the matter of financial compensation. The Bucs would have to pay Wilkerson close to what they're paying Gerald McCoy to get him to sign a long-term contract. That's an absurd financial commitment at defensive tackle -- and it still doesn't bring them any closer to having an explosive edge rusher in the fold.
Odds of this happening: 5%