The Buccaneers haven’t abandoned the idea of re-signing backup quarterback Mike Glennon. In fact, they’re prepared to offer him a rather competitive contract in an effort to retain him.
That said, the Bucs have to prepare for the likelihood Glennon will leave via free agency this spring, and they took a step toward that end on Monday when they signed quarterback Sean Renfree to a future’s contract.
Now, on the surface this may not seem like much of a signing. After all, Renfree was not one of the more highly rated quarterbacks coming out of Duke University four years ago.
Despite throwing for more than 3,000 yards twice and finishing his four-year college career with a career 128.2 passer rating Renfgree was rated a low-round draftable pick and that’s what he became.
The Falcons grabbed him in the seventh round of the 2013 draft but he stuck with them for three years and while he only appeared in two games, both in 2015, he’s still an intriguing prospect.
At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds Renfree has NFL size and while he doesn’t have a great arm he releases the ball quickly and has always had a seemingly innate ability to know where to throw it and how.
A gym rat type, Renfree is considered a very smart pocket quarterback and Bucs coach Dirk Koetter knows him well from their time together with the Falcons, who drafted him when Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith was their head coach.
The stage has more or less been set then for what could be one of the more interesting and certainly one of the more important position battles of the early offseason and possibly training camp.
Assuming the Bucs don’t lose Ryan Griffin, a restricted free agent, as well as Glennon, Renfree will battle Griffin for the role as backup to starter Jameis Winston.
Again, that may not seem like a very exciting battle on the surface, but remember that Winston plays a rather reckless brand of football and could easily be lost to injury at any time.
That’s why the Bucs will do all they can to keep Glennon. Koetter is confident that in Glennon he has a backup who can win games should the Bucs suddenly have to lean on him as a starter.
Koetter hasn’t been as vocal or expressed the same amount of confidence in Griffin and now Griffin has a competitor for the backup job he was expected to inherit from Glennon.
Griffin could still wind up winning that job, but now he’ll have to prove he’s a better option than Renfree, who at the very least, should make watching preseason games a little more interesting.