Who I’m sticking my neck out for this off-season: Mike Glennon

Bucs Mike Glennon

I’ve made quite a few dynasty trades this offseason, but most haven’t impacted the quarterback side of 2QB dynasty teams so far with one exception.  I’ve sought out and traded for Mike Glennon where I could.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup quarterback is holding a clipboard for Jameis Winston at the moment, but inside he’s smiling from ear to ear and with good reason.  Another recent backup, Brock Osweiler just signed a seventy-two million dollar contract to go start games in Houston; and Glennon will be a free agent in 2017.  Their stats are not altogether unsimilar however Glennon has roughly twice the passing attempts of Osweiler and to an arguably worse (at the time) wide receiver group.

Glennon came into the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a third round draft pick from North Carolina State in 2013.   In his NFL career to date he has a 29 to 15 touchdown to interception ratio and has never rushed for a touchdown as a pro.  As a matter of fact, even though he played behind Russell Wilson in college, they couldn’t be more different as types of quarterbacks.  Where Russell Wilson is always a threat to run, Glennon is the definition of a six-foot-six giraffe pocket passer and his only running ability seems to be scrambling away from defenders so that he can throw the ball.  Benjamin Allbright’s quarterbacks spreadsheet shows Glennon’s main weakness is a low ball velocity, which might equate to a shorter career and/or a lack of a deep ball.  But I’m also not suggesting that you consider him your next great quarterback and future “elite” franchise starter.

If you read my last article about a preferred five year window for quarterbacks, you know that there are a few of them that are dreaming about the benefits of retirement in the next few years.  Teams with older franchise quarterbacks may be most interested in getting a start-ready quarterback and are probably checking the temperature in Tampa Bay.  If they can get Glennon before the 2016 season starts, they can sign him to a long contract now and get him familiar with the team playbook early.  Good landing spots where older quarterbacks are nearing the end of their line may include New England, New Orleans, Arizona, Pittsburgh and Dallas.  Other unsettled situations include the Broncos, Browns and the Jets and more will occur as teams lose quarterbacks to injury and losing records.

If you can buy Mike Glennon during your 2QB dynasty rookie draft this year for a late first round pick or early second rounder, you can sell him for an early first rounder next year (in an overall better draft class) as soon as he signs somewhere.  He’ll also be good insurance for a team if you lose your QB1 or QB2 in the future, but I would never expect him to be the quarterback who can take your team to victory as a starter.  He was recently described as a mid-level starter ahead of Ryan Tannehill by an unnamed general manager in a report from the NFL’s Adam Schein.  I think that’s about where he would slide in as a fantasy starter too.  Someone who could start if one of your main quarterbacks went down with injury and as a bye-week fill in, but not someone you’re happy to roll out there every week.  In one crazy-deep return yardage league I’m in where you start 2QB, 4WR, 3RB, 2TE’s and one WR/RB/TE flex, I traded Brandin Cooks and the 2016 2.05 for Glennon, Travis Kelce, Tyler Lockett and Ryan Mathews and couldn’t be happier about it.  His price at the moment and his future potential price when he signs somewhere make him an excellent trade investment, and I’m buying where I can.

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    May 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I think it’s kind of a high price to pay for the unknown. I am aware of the possibilities, but the bucs seem to love him and there wasn’t any calls made for his services by any teams during the draft.

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