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Bucs backup Mike Glennon emerges on Jets' quarterback radar

Buccaneers backup Mike Glennon this offseason figures to draw plenty of attention from teams in need of a quarterback. Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire

His career record as a starter is 5-13 and he hasn't taken a meaningful snap in two years, but there's plenty of buzz surrounding Mike Glennon as free agency approaches.

Why?

Because he's only 27 years old. Because he demonstrated potential in those 18 starts for the Bucs. Because a handful of teams, including the New York Jets, are desperate for a quarterback and will overpay: (See: Brock Osweiler, 2016.)

The Jets figure to be one of Glennon's suitors because they need a starting-caliber player to augment the position as they continue to develop Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. There aren't many appealing options in the market.

General manager Mike Maccagnan was interested in Glennon in 2015, when the Jets were in the trade market and wound up dealing for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now Glennon is an unrestricted free agent, and the word on the street is that he'll get a call from the Jets. The Bills, Browns, Bears and 49ers also will be in the quarterback market.

Glennon didn't have a great supporting cast in his first two seasons (2013-2014), but he posted respectable numbers. That's why quarterback-needy teams are taking a hard look at him. His Total QBR over those two years was 57.6, which ranked 19th in the NFL. He displayed a big arm, but his accuracy was suspect and he struggled when pressured. He spent the last two years caddying for Jameis Winston.

But he's the most intriguing free agent because of his upside. Other veterans that could be on the Jets' radar:

Kirk Cousins, Redskins: The Jets would be interested if he shakes free, but that's unlikely. He'll probably sign a new deal or get tagged again.

Tyrod Taylor, Bills: They have until March 11 to decide whether to exercise Taylor's option for the 2018 through 2021 season. It'll cost them big bucks ($31 million guaranteed), so there's a good chance he'll hit the market. Taylor is limited as a passer, but he has dynamic mobility and doesn't throw a lot of interceptions.

AJ McCarron, Bengals: They'd have to trade for McCarron, who has one year left on his rookie deal. It sounds like he's ready to move on. He's a bigger mystery than Glennon because he has only four career starts, including a playoff game he should've won. It would be a risky trade.

Tony Romo, Cowboys: You'll read and hear a lot of Jets/Romo rumors over the next two months. Truth be told, he's the best quarterback on this list, but salary, age, concerns about his durability, and potential trade compensation make Romo-to-the-Jets a long shot. If Romo has a say, his preferred destination reportedly is the Broncos.

Josh McCown, Browns: Maccagnan has expressed past interest in McCown, the quintessential hold-the-fort player. Teams signn a guy like McCown, 37, if they are looking for a quarterback to pass the baton at some point during the season. He's under contract for 2017, but he could be set free in March, when a $750,000 roster bonus is due.

Brian Hoyer, Bears: At 32, he's the younger version of McCown, except with a broken left (non-throwing) arm. He's a free agent.

Jay Cutler, Bears: If the Bears can't trade him, they probably will release him. Cutler's greatest asset -- that cannon arm -- is now a question mark because of shoulder surgery. Even if he's healthy, he's turnover prone and lacks strong leadership qualities.

Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots: There's no way Bill Belichick will trade him to another AFC East team, especially the Jets. Garoppolo could surface in San Francisco, especially if offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels lands the 49ers' head-coaching job.