Quarterback Johnny Manziel will be traveling to Jacksonville to visit with the Jaguars management this week, according to Albert Breer from the NFL Network. Following his visit with the Jaguars, Manziel will then be traveling to Tampa, Florida to meet with the Buccaneers management. The Buccaneers recently signed 34-year-old Josh McCown to a 2-year deal to presumably start for the Bucs. However, due to his advanced age, McCown isn’t seen as a long term option for the Buccaneers.
It’s thought that the Bucs will use their No.7 pick in the 1st round to select a quarterback, and they’ll let him sit for a year or two behind McCown depending on how well he performs as the starter. If McCown is able to play the way he did last season with the Chicago Bears, then the Bucs will have a high quality starter for the next year or 2.
The odd man out is second-year quarterback Mike Glennon, who has fallen in disfavor with the new Bucs management due to his poor play in the last 5 games of the season in 2013.
Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith likes what he sees in Manziel, as he was pouring on the compliments after watching him workout at the Pro Day last month on March 27th. However, the Bucs don’t have a high enough pick in the 1st round to get Manziel unless he drops that far due to disinterest from other teams in the league. Of course, the Buccaneers could package their other draft picks in the 2nd and 3rd round to give to the Houston Texans to get their 1st round pick to select Manziel, but they might not be willing to give up their pick for that. The Texans are also interested in potentially drafting Manziel to fill their own need at quarterback, and it might take a situation where the Bucs give up their 2014 and 2015 first round picks to get the Texans No.1 pick.
Daniel Jeremiah from NFL media sees Manziel sliding to the No.3 spot where the Jaguars will scoop him up. The Jaguars recently traded away quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers for a 6th round draft pick in 2014, and they need a good quarterback to take over the starting vacancy left by his departure. The Jaguars currently have Chad Henne as their starter, but really little more than an emergency backup and not a long term solution to their problem.