The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are entering an entirely new and radically advanced era in the franchise’s history as anew front office, a new head coach and even a new logo are on their way in 2014. With massive shifts in culture like this also comes massive shifts on the roster, as Lovie Smith’s honeymoon is over and he’s taking a blowtorch to the roster in an effort to toast those he has no interest in.
Mike Glennon appears to be on the fringe of that group, as Smith recently stated that while Glennon is a good guy to have, he’s not his franchise quarterback of the future — yet.
“To say right now that Mike is the answer and he’s our quarterback of the future and we’re going to build around him and give him a 20-year contract, we’re not there,” Smith said. “I like him as one of our quarterbacks right now, but we’re going to have at least four in camp and at least one [veteran] will be in the mix. And then you just let it all play out.”
This idea of moving on from Glennon, or at least seriously challenging him, seems to be supported by the idea that the Buccaneers are in on veteran quarterbacks like Michael Vick and Josh McCown. They’re also eyeing Aaron Murray in the draft if they can get him in the right spot — like the third round where they drafted Glennon last year.
Glennon isn’t a bad quarterback, but he just doesn’t seem to be lighting Lovie Smith’s world on fire. He could win the job and become a franchise guy, but he could also be used as trade bait and jettisoned as part of the Lovie Smith purge.