According to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, Mike Glennon might be coming to Arizona. Tampa Bay installed a new regime this offseason and head coach Lovie Smith has indicated Josh McCown will be his starter in Tampa. That potentially makes Glennon expendable. His ticket out of Tampa would be punched if the Buccaneers draft a quarterback in the first round like Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles.
Glennon threw for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions last seasons so he had a good year as a rookie. Glennon took the reins when Josh Freeman fell out of favor in Tampa. Freeman was later released. Glennon made his debut against Arizona and put up decent numbers working with Vincent Jackson. The season-ending loss of Doug Martin due to a torn labrum pushed Glennon into more passing attempts.
Should the Cardinals sign Glennon, they would have to make a move at the quarterback position as well. Carson Palmer is staying put but the backup quarterbacks could be out of work. Let’s look at how they stack up against the salary cap, according to Spotrac.com.
Drew Stanton is scheduled to have the 13th highest cap hit on the team at $2,666,667. Stanton is second on the depth chart and hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL in the last three seasons. Stanton is also under contract for 2015 at a cap hit of $3,866,667.
Ryan Lindley is scheduled to make a little less than $600,000 in 2014. He’s thrown seven interceptions and doesn’t have a touchdown pass to his credit in the regular season. Lindley’s contract will also run out after the 2015 season and he will be under $700,000 in 2015.
Glennon would count $705,469 against the cap this season and slightly less than $1 million each of the next two seasons before his rookie contract expires following the 2016 season.
Glennon has a similar contract to Lindley and much better results. It would be easy to see Arizona picking up Glennon and dumping Lindley since he costs next to nothing in dead money to cut loose.