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Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon already garners interest

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He was an insurance policy. Nothing more.

He was who you thought about when you thought about the unthinkable. The guy who might save the day if the main guy was lost.

Now that Mike Glennon is a free agent, are the Tampa Bay Bucs prepared to move on without him?

Oh, with starting quarterback Jameis Winston staying healthy the last two years, the Bucs really haven’t had much use for Glennon. He has thrown passes in only one game the past two years. He won once in 2014. He won four times in 2013.

Still, Glennon has remained highly regarded over the last few years, which is sure to make him in demand in free agency. A report on ESPN suggests the Jets are already on the list of suitors because of Glennon’s age and his small amount of experience.

ESPN says the Bills, Browns, Bears and 49ers also will be interested.

Glennon was a draft pick of former Bucs’ coach Greg Schiano, and was the player that Schiano replaced disappointing Josh Freeman with. The ESPN report listed nine possible quarterbacks for the Jets, but Glennon is at the head of the list.

Now that Glennon’s contract is up, the Bucs will look to draft a project or sign one. Ryan Griffin is also on the roster, although he has not made an appearance in two seasons.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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