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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Ranking Bucs' needs: No. 5 QB

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- Over the next few days, I’m going to examine what I think are the five biggest areas of need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Glennon
Let’s start with No. 5. I’m going with quarterback here, although the need could be much higher or lower depending on what the new regime thinks of Mike Glennon. The early comments from the coaches about Glennon have been positive and I think that’s more than just lip service. There still is more evaluation to be done by the new staff, but I’m hearing there’s legitimate optimism that Glennon can be the starting quarterback.

If that’s the approach the Bucs take, it would free them up to address some other positions of greater need early in the draft and in free agency. If the Bucs somehow decide Glennon is not the answer or they’re uncertain about him, they’re going to have to use a high draft pick on a quarterback or sign one in free agency.

Even if the Bucs are content to go with Glennon, there is likely to be movement at quarterback. Last year’s backup, Dan Orlovsky, can become a free agent. Orlovsky can fill a role as a veteran mentor, but the Bucs might want someone to provide more competition for Glennon.