The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offered to make Mike Glennon the highest-paid backup quarterback in the NFL. That’s what Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports, anyway.
Glennon was a third-round pick for the Bucs in 2013, and started 18 games with some thoroughly unremarkable play in his first two years in the league, before the Bucs drafted Jameis Winston and moved Glennon to the bench.
Currently, Chase Daniel is the highest paid backup quarterback in the league, getting $7 million per year to sit behind Carson Wentz. And he’s getting that money mostly because Wentz was an unknown, might bust, and might not have been ready to start last season.
None of that is true for Glennon, who has no chance of winning the starting job. At best, he’ll fill in for Jameis Winston in case of injury or suspension — something that could happen, I guess. But is Glennon really going to be over $7 million per year better than, say, Ryan Griffin — and if he is, why’d they keep Griffin on the roster for two years?
The Bucs seem to think so, but Glennon either really wants a real shot at a starting job, or thinks other teams will pay him even more than $7 million per year. We’ll see whether he’s right in a couple of weeks.