The Facts: With Mike Glennon headed to the Bears, the Bucs made a move Thursday to set up their new backup, giving restricted free agent Griffin a one-year, $1.8-million tender that gives them to match any offer from other teams.
Diehards Line: Griffin, 27, has been the Bucs' No. 3 quarterback for the past two years, kept on roster every week to anticipate Glennon's eventual departure. Had the Bucs given Griffin the second-round tender of $2.7-million, another team would have to give the Bucs a second-round pick to sign Griffin away, so there's something of a gamble here if another backup-needy team were to make a substantial offer this spring. Griffin has never taken a snap in the NFL, but has also played behind two great quarterbacks in Drew Brees with the Saints and Jameis Winston with the Bucs, earning praise from coach Dirk Koetter for his development in practice.