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Buccaneers talked to Cardinals about possibly trading Mike Glennon

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Mike Glennon isn't headed to Arizona after all. (USATSI)
Mike Glennon isn't headed to Arizona after all. (USATSI)

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If Mike Glennon were confused about his present and future role with the Buccaneers, you could understand why. After a solid rookie season by Glennon in the aftermath of the Josh Freeman debacle, newly-hired coach Lovie Smith almost immediately brought in Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown and proclaimed him the starting quarterback.

Then, last month, the Buccaneers called Glennon the team's quarterback of the future, and it sounded like there was never a doubt in Glennon's mind that he would eventually return to his starting spot.

But in a semi-interesting twist, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told 910 AM in Phoenix that he had conversations with the Cardinals about possibly trading Glennon to Arizona.

"We had several teams that were investigating what our thoughts were and what our plans were for Mike," Licht said. "The plan was we were going to keep Mike."

He says that now, of course. But Licht did talk with Cardinals general manager Steve Keim about a potential swap. It make sense, of course, since Licht was with the Arizona franchise for the past two seasons as the vice president of player personnel and that Licht considers Keim a mentor and one of his closest friends.

Still, Licht resisted the temptation to rid his team of Glennon and send him to the Cardinals, who will start aging quarterback Carson Palmer with fourth-round pick Logan Thomas and a combination of Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley behind him.

"We talked about Mike. I wasn't going to let him bully me into taking his [N.C. State] Wolfpack quarterback," Licht joked.

But here's something Licht is serious about apparently in regards to Keim.

"He," Licht said, "is not getting [Glennon]."

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