The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used to say that Mike Glennon was not available for trade. And by "used to" I mean "a few months ago." That position was always untenable, though, and the Buccaneers have been more and more open about their desire to get something in trade for Glennon this year.
So in comes Jason Licht, telling Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that they either want to trade Glennon, or extend him. In fact, it seems like the Bucs are narrowing down potential trade partners.
"We're open to discuss things, we have been open, we've been talking to a lot of teams," the Bucs general manager said. "That's dwindled now to a few teams. We're still talking.
"At some point we're going to make a decision whether or not we're going to keep him. He's a super asset for us now. And when I say keep him, keep him now -- try to keep him long-term, extend him for a couple years. Having a backup quarterback that we think has starting ability is a huge asset for us."
I'm not sure how the Bucs are going to convince Glennon to sign a long-term extension. Offering him over $6 million per year might do it, as they've been reportedly interested in doing. But then, Brock Osweiler just managed to get $17 million per year on the back of all of seven career starts. Glennon also has next to no chance of starting in Tampa, barring injury or some other catastrophic event taking Winston out of the equation. Staying in Tampa won't net him as much cash as hitting the free agent market next year or being traded this year. It also won't get him on the field.
The most likely outcome is still that the Bucs find a trade partner at some point this offseason. There are still several teams who need a quarterback, a few of whom will not find one in the draft -- and those that do may want a bridge to their draft pick, as the quarterbacks in offer on this draft or not all ready to go.
You can watch the full interview below.