Should the Dallas Cowboys be interested in Mike Glennon?

Dec 17, 2015 St. Louis, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2015 St. Louis, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

With a need for a veteran quarterback to back-up a 36-year old Tony Romo, should the Dallas Cowboys be interested in Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Glennon?

Last season, the Dallas Cowboys flipped from a 12-4 record the year before to a 4-12 record mainly due to injuries suffered by their starting quarterback Tony Romo. Two separate collarbone fractures forced the 35-year old Romo to miss a total of 12 games in 2015.

On the current depth chart sits quarterback Kellen Moore as Romo’s primary back-up, a four-year player that hadn’t taken a single snap in a regular season contest until late last year. Outside of Moore, there is only unproven Jameill Showers, an undrafted rookie out of UTEP who spent most of the season on the Cowboys practice squad.

The point is, the Cowboys don’t have much experience behind Romo on the depth chart. This offseason, Dallas did bring in longtime Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore for a visit during free agency. But Moore left Valley Ranch without a deal, opting to re-sign in Miami instead. So, we at least know the Cowboys have some interest in bringing in a veteran presence to back-up Romo.

Most expect the Cowboys to select a quarterback high in the upcoming NFL Draft. But things don’t always fall the way you want them to in the draft. The Cowboys found that out the hard way last year.

Despite possessing one of the deepest running back classes in recent memory, and despite Dallas having a huge void to fill at the position due to the loss of DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency, the Cowboys ended up not drafting a single runner last offseason.

Things are expected to turn out differently this year. But the Cowboys might find themselves addressing other needs higher in the draft later this month. If Dallas opts to draft a more developmental quarterback in the later rounds, the Cowboys could be in the market to add a veteran presence at the position in order to bridge the learning curve and provide more stability behind Romo.

One columnist for believes that player could be Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon.

"“Glennon fills two voids, giving the Cowboys an experienced backup (with 18 starts under his belt) for now and a promising quarterback for the future,” wrote NFL Media columnist Adam Schein on the league’s official site last week. “I wrote about the Cowboys’ options with the No. 4 pick earlier this week. I’d take Wentz if he’s there. If not? Gimme Ezekiel Elliott or Joey Bosa. So let’s say the ‘Boys do indeed go non-quarterback in Round 1. Would you rather have Glennon or Connor Cook/Christian Hackenberg backing up Tony Romo in 2016?”"

A third round selection out of North Carolina State back in 2013, the 26-year old Glennon, who stands 6-6 and weighs 225 pounds, is said to be on the trading block. He has started 18 games in the NFL in his three-year career, posting a total of 4,025 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions with a completion percentage of 58.8% in Tampa Bay.

Early indications were the Buccaneers’ brass wanted a first round pick for Glennon’s services. He’s worth a second round pick, according to an unnamed general manager in Schein’s article. I’m unsure the Cowboys would be willing to part with either since their selections in both of those rounds are so high (4, 34).

That same logic makes me thing the Cowboys third round selection, 67th overall, would also be too high a price. But Dallas does have two fourth round picks. One of which is a compensatory pick (135) and therefore, untradeable. But at pick #101, in the fourth round, I believe that could be a sweet spot for a trade like this. But again, only if the Cowboys don’t get their quarterback in the first three rounds.

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