The Mike Glennon trade rumors just. won’t. die. With Teddy Bridgewater suffering a catastrophic knee injury yesterday, the Minnesota Vikings need to scramble to look for a replacement — or at least a new backup to whichever backup they’re elevating to starter. Mike Glennon’s an obvious candidate there, so his name is being floated a lot, though no serious report has connected the Vikings and Glennon.
Why this trade would make sense
Because the Vikings need a quarterback, and Mike Glennon is better than most of what they can do. He’s shown himself to be a low-end starter and good backup, and he has the arm talent to be a little more than that on a good day. Oh, and he’s in the last year of his contract, so the Bucs wouldn’t mind getting a good draft pick instead of seeing him walk in free agency. Especially with them planning to carry third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin on the roster anyway.
Why this trade would not make sense
Because the Bucs are going to want a lot of compensation for a player who has one year left on his contract and hasn’t looked all that great. A third-round pick is going to be the minimum the Vikings will need to cough up, and that may not even be enough. The Bucs, of course, are worried about what would happen to their playoff chances if Winston were to go down. They’re also well-aware that they could get a compensatory pick in 2018 if Glennon were to walk in free agency in 2017.
Making matters more complicated is the fact that Glennon would have about a week to learn an entirely new offense before he’d have to start in Minnesota. That’s a lot to ask, and is unlikely to end well .