Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Chicago Bears Trade For Mike Glennon?


The loss of Josh McCown has put the Chicago Bears in a bind at quarterback.  Could their solution reside on the same team McCown joined?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers likely to shop Glennon if they get Johnny Manziel

It didn’t take Lovie Smith long to make changes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he was annointed head coach.  Among the more surprising ones was immediately seeking out a new quarterback to replace 2013 third round pick Mike Glennon, who performed admirably as a rookie last season.  Tampa signed the 34-year old McCown to a two-year deal and named him the starter outright.  McCown had tremendous success in 2013 as a backup to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, scoring 14 touchdowns and throwing just one interception.  His experience and connection to Smith made sense.  The question at that point was what would they do with Glennon?  Thus far initial ideas are he’ll be kept on as a backup but the Buccaneers appear to have different plans.  With McCown being their short-term option, rumors continue to persist that the team is heavily considering taking a quarterback early in the 2014 NFL draft.  Topping that list is Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel.  The general feeling is if the Bucs land Manziel in the first round, Glennon will be placed on the trade block.

Marc Trestman had interest in Glennon before 2013 NFL draft

One great thing about pro football is it never lacks for irony.  If TampaBay were to shop Glennon they might find the Chicago Bears, who lost McCown to them, as a willing partner in a deal for the second-year quarterback.  At present they have just 29-year old journeyman Jordan Palmer as their backup, a man who has thrown a mere five passes in regular season play.  Meanwhile Glennon is considerably younger and already has plenty of starting experience.  He was considered by many as one of the best quarterbacks to come out of the 2013 NFL draft class thanks to his strong arm, 6’6″ frame and advanced understanding of a pro style offense.  The connection makes more sense when one recalls that the Bears worked Glennon out prior to the draft, signaling that new head coach Marc Trestman had interest in the N.C.State product.  Unfortunately he went in the third round where Chicago did not have a pick to use.  Suddenly though there may be a second chance for Trestman to get his hands on the promising youth.  That of course depends on what the Buccaneers will be expecting in a deal.  If it’s in the neighborhood of the third rounder they spent on him last year, it’s unlikely they’ll get a nibble from the Chicago Bears front office.  However, if they settle for somewhere in the neighborhood of a 5th or 6th round selection then it becomes more realistic.

Chicago needs depth at quarterback and some youth to learn behind Jay Cutler.  Mike Glennon has the ideal combination of being just 24-years old and having starting experience.  Things should become clearer as the NFL draft approaches.

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  • John Smith

    Tampa Bay would be crazy to give Glennon up for a 5th round pick. If anything, dude outplayed his draft position from 2013. This guy looks like an NFL starting QB. If TB is smart, they sit on Glennon and groom him behind McCown for another year or 2. That’s assuming that McCown can outplay Glennon in camp.

    • Erik Lambert

      Clearly the Buccaneers don’t hold him in high esteem otherwise they wouldn’t have replaced him with a 34-year old journeyman. They were willing to part with Mike Wiliams for a 6th rounder. I feel unless another team wants Glennon as a starter, the best Tampa can hope for is a 4th or 5th.

      • Folt

        I’m totally down with this idea. Glennon is a partially known quantity where all draftees are total question marks. I

        • Erik Lambert

          I think this is something the Bears would actually prefer as opposed to drafting a rookie. Adding somebody young but who has experience and upside.

      • 65yt

        I assumed they replaced Glen because they want post season and Glen was not as sure of getting there as a veteren QB

        • Erik Lambert

          So you completely blunt the growth of a young QB in favor of a veteran who had success in a completely different system and never made the playoffs as a pro?

      • Reinald Vallejo

        may they think they can win now with josh mcknown and or that they will draft a qb they want this year or next….my heart is set on hundley

  • bobportcharlotte

    I cannot believe that Lovie Smith would be willing to trade Glennon to his old team, the Bears. Anyone else yes but not the Bears. Which is unfortunate because I would love to see the Bears get him!

    • Erik Lambert

      Why not? Lovie would know he’s facing Cutler, not Glennon. Besides, isn’t Lovie the one who demoted Glennon in the first place? Why would he fear sending him to Chicago?

      • bobportcharlotte

        Do you really think that Lovie would want to chance Glennon becoming successful or a star with the Bears if Cutler should go down? Look what Trestman did with a career backup QB last year. A guy who I thought, at the beginning of last year, was a terrible choice to be the Bear backup QB. No joke! Imagine what Trestman might accomplish with a kid like Glennon. It is a thought that brings a smile to my ruby red lips.

        • Erik Lambert

          I know, especially if they could get him for a 5th or 6th rounder. That would be outstanding. Glennon has starting experience, comes from the same school where Trestman coached, has the preferred height and arm strength and is still very young. It’s an ideal scenario for Chicago.

          As for Lovie, if he had such high expectations for Glennon he wouldn’t be looking to get rid of him. So it shouldn’t matter which team he deals with.

          • bobportcharlotte

            Needless to say that I would be pleasantly shocked if it actually happened.

          • Erik Lambert

            As would I.

    • Reinald Vallejo

      The Bengals could use him too. But don’t get anything less than a 3rd round pick for him.

      • bobportcharlotte

        You could say the same for the Jaguars, Browns, Titans and Cowboys which is why I would be greatly surprised if the Bears actually got him for a 5th or 6th round pick.

  • 65yt

    Still think its a smokescreen

    • Erik Lambert

      For what reason?

      • 65yt

        As per Nick John’s article here on Fansided, to get interested teams to possibly trade with TB to get 7 spot so they can have Manzy of course. The more it looks like Tampa is getting Manzy the more Dallas, or Philly, or another is willing to wheel and deal. Tampa has two good enough QBs now. They don’t really have their #2 WR yet, why not trade 7 for more picks, isn’t this Draft deeper then usual?

        • Erik Lambert

          Exactly. Dallas and Philly have bigger problems to tackle than Manziel. I really don’t see any team moving up to #7 outside of MAYBE the Titans at #11. This idea that it’s just a smokescreen to entice trade partners is hair-brained if that’s the primary idea. Now if their interest in him is real, I’d understand. They can find a #2 receiver later on and get Manziel behind McCown. Then trade Glennon for another mid to late pick in a deep draft to keep filling out the roster.

          • 65yt

            Per Bucs GM they are looking to trade down. Doesn’t seem like a team willing to go all in on Manzel. And unless Cleveland trades up, looks like they will pick him. If Houston doesn’t , I still don’t think Clowney is for sure 1st pick. It would make more sense to have more picks in a hefty Draft, also remember GM came from NE, one of the most conservative drafters I’ve seen.

    • Jon feigenbaum

      I agree. I don’t see Emory doing business with the Bucs. Lovie is an idiot anyway, and is clueless on how to develop a QB,

      • Erik Lambert

        Why? Because Emery fired him? That’s a bad excuse not to do business if both sides benefit from the transaction.

  • Reinald Vallejo

    Don’t take anything less than a 3rd rounder for him. End of discussion.

    • Erik Lambert

      Then the Bucs won’t find a suitor.

      • 65yt

        Don’t the bucs have Kitka too? I think if they were going to trade Glen they would have done it by now, kitka has been on the roster since the beginning of off season, and they could have shopped Glen to teams in need, like Cleveland. I would not trade a guy who rarely turns the ball over. And if Trestman was interested he is probably worth keeping a year more or two. Esp if he is cheap.

      • Reinald Vallejo

        they need a player then to make it even. qbs who can play like glennon do not come cheap

  • Rob Fagiano-Gleason

    Lovies an idiot IMO, but hes not plain fkn stupid! Glennon will be starting by midseason! It was assanine for them to pick up McCown for that much in the first place! Secondly, to GIVE McCown the starting role, without ever practicing is even more evidence IMO that Lovie is a schmuck! But Glennon started last year and hes #2 on the roster… perhaps there is really no end to how dumb Lovie can be, maybe he will suprise the livin shit out of me and prove me wrong? But I will give him the benefit of the doubt, because he just cant be that dumb.