We’re going through every position on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to see if the Bucs improved on last year’s roster. Today: quarterbacks.
2015 roster: Jameis Winston, Mike Glennon, Ryan Griffin
2016 roster: Jameis Winston, Mike Glennon, Ryan Griffin
Oh, right. I guess nothing changed. Except for two things: Jameis Winston showed that he belongs in the NFL, which is always a bit of a question with rookie quarterbacks, no matter how good they were in college. The second thing: Mike Glennon only has one year left on his contract, which decreases his value, though it doesn't really mean much for the team's quarterback depth.
Glennon has been surrounded by trade rumors for a year now, but nothing concrete has emerged and reports remain vague and largely contradictory. As far as we can tell, there’s no imminent trade and that likely won’t change, unless a team gets desperate because of a late injury. If Glennon does get traded, the Bucs suddenly have a significantly worse group of quarterbacks, but more value in the long term. Would that be better or worse than last year? I’m not sure. That mostly depends on how injury-resistant Jameis Winston is. So far, so good.
There’s one more reason to believe the Bucs actually have a better group of quarterbacks this year: Winston is going to continue to develop. The sophomore slump is a myth: the vast majority of quarterbacks get better between year one and year two. So should Winston.