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NFL Free Agency 2017: Mike Glennon may not have a market

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Will or won’t there be a market for Mike Glennon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup quarterback who’s somehow managed to maintain a fanbase through four years of mostly meh play, and bench-sitting. Ask Benjamin Allbright and the answer is apparently ‘nope’.

That’s interesting, and a little surprising given Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter’s earlier suggestion that Mike Glennon could get $15 million per year. That’s quite a sum for a player who apparently has no market — so where’s the truth?

Presumably it’s in the middle. Allbright talked to league guys who have no interest in Glennon, but it only takes one or two teams to create a competitive market. And one of those teams will be the Bucs, who would prefer to keep Glennon as their backup but don’t want to overpay.

Last year, the Bucs were apparently willing to pay their second quarterback $6 million per year to back up Jameis Winston. Assuming that’s still the case, there’s at least a minimal market for Glennon.

At the same time, there are many competent quarterbacks on the market. Brian Hoyer’s the top free agent, but Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor should be available in trade, and that’s not even taking the draft into account, where as many as three quarterbacks could go in the top ten. So quarterback-hungry teams don’t need to focus on Glennon, who doesn’t exactly have a high ceiling.

We’ve seen weirder things than Glennon getting a massive market, though. Like the Houston Texans breaking the bank for Brock Osweiler, the Seattle Seahawks anointing Matt Flynn, and Mark Sanchez. I wouldn’t be surprised if Glennon gets a massive contract — but I wouldn’t be too surprised if he just settled in as the Bucs career backup. We’ll see in a couple of months.