The Buccaneers were extremely confident in quarterback Mike Glennon’s ability to step in and win games for them if starter Jameis Winston were to go down for some reason. That’s why they were willing to make him the highest-paid backup in the league.
Their confidence in Ryan Griffin may not be as strong. That’s really the only conclusion that can be drawn from the news that the Bucs are kicking the tires on former Eagles starter Nick Foles, who is said to have mutual interest in the Bucs, according to Jeremy Folwer of ESPN.
Foles is a former third round pick in Philly, where he made the Pro Bowl in 2013. He was primarily a backup in Kansas City last year, where he started in relief of injured Alex Smith in week 10 against Jacksonville (above) and led them to a win. He has 36 starts in his career.
The news comes just a day after the Bucs tendered Griffin, a restricted free agent whom they have spent the last two years grooming as a potential replacement for Glennon, who was signed away by the Bears during the first day of free agency.
Now, it’s quite possible that what’s happening here is that the Bucs are preparing for the possibility of losing Griffin, who could easily be lost if another team decides to make a play for him and the Bucs opt not to match the offer.
Considering the dearth of quarterback talent around the league, that’s quite possible. Another team may see Griffin as a worthy option while the Bucs may see an opportunity to pull in an experienced backup who immediately provides them with an upgrade.
If that’s the case the Bucs should be applauded, because it would be yet another sign that they are serious about winning now and strongly believe they can get to the playoffs in 2017 and are doing all they can to improve their chances of that.