Mike Glennon: A Browns Target?
The Cleveland Browns have an unsettled quarterback position, leading Chris Mortenson to connect the dots to Mike Glennon. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are likely to draft a QB this year and Glennon could come very cheaply via trade. The Bucs already have Josh McCown, a big free agent acquisition last year, and the #1 overall pick. We expect Jameis Winston will end up being that pick but Marcus Mariota could as well. Either way Glennon is likely on his way out.
Here is what Mort had to say on Schein on Sports, according to Joe Bucs Fan:
"Adam Schein: Who do you think will be the quarterback in Cleveland this year, Mort?Chris Mortensen: Ah, I would say Brian Hoyer still. I think Hoyer re-signs back with them. I am anxious to see if they trade – I’m not talking about one of their two first-round draft picks – see if they trade a draft pick and go down and get Mike Glennon from Tampa Bay.Schein: See, that’s the guy – whether it is Cleveland or somewhere else – Mike Glennon can play in the NFL, right?Mortensen: Well, listen. Go out and I’d say, go back and look, even for the cynics, go back and look at some of his past work now. I don’t know how many games he has played in, 20, 21, 19, whatever, his numbers are pretty good. In retrospect, it shows Greg Schiano identified a valuable quarterback. And when you play in the AFC North, man, those big-armed, strong guys, that’s what you win with. Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger. Now I am not saying Glennon is in that category. That’s the type of guy, if I were Cleveland, I’d be looking to see if I could make a play for him. And I think Jimmy Haslam, the owner, knows that Mike Glennon is a guy that they should be considering."
High praise putting Glennon in the same conversation as Flacco and Roethlisberger. Glennon has had to deal with unique circumstances with the Bucs and could really use a fresh start.
He stands 6’6″, 232 pounds. He is a pure pocket passer who now has experience in multiple systems in the NFL. He doesn’t have a cannon arm but seems to be able to make all the throws needed in the league. He was drafted in the 3rd round, 73 overall, and started his rookie year when Josh Freeman went downhill.
Last year Lovie Smith came in and brought with him McCown, pushing Glennon back to the bench. Had a coaching change not have taken place it is likely that Glennon would have gone into Training Camp as the starter. Instead he played in 6 games, completing 58% of his passes with 10 TDs and 6 INTs in relief. That included throwing 2 TDs and 2 INTs against the Browns in early November.
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The Browns would likely make this move closer to the draft time, unless they have identified Glennon as THE guy. That will allow the Browns to go through free agency and even the 1st round of the draft before making a trade. Glennon could get the Bucs a pick as high as the 4th round but likely a bit lower. With extra picks in the 4th and 6th, the Browns have the ammo to go up.
At this point only Connor Shaw is available to play for the Browns. Brian Hoyer is a free agent and Johnny Manziel is in rehab. Glennon may not move the needle much but the young player has a chance to develop into a solid level player. There is a reason he was drafted in the 3rd round just a few years ago.
What do you think of Mort’s thoughts on Mike Glennon to the Browns?