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Johnny Manziel to visit Buccaneers next

Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel smiles during the second half of the Chick-fil-A Bowl NCAA college football game against Duke on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Atlanta. Texas A&M won 52-48. AP Photo/Dave Martin)


Since Johnny Manziel’s already in the neighborhood, so he might as well drop by.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Manziel will head to Tampa for a pre-draft visit with the Buccaneers after wrapping up today’s trip to see the Jaguars.

The Bucs haven’t been linked with most of the quarterbacks among the mock draft intelligentisia, but there’s a reasonable case to be made for them drafting one.

While Josh McCown is a stable veteran presence, he’s also 34, and a mature enough human being to handle a clipboard if need be. If the competition is Mike Glennon, he’s clearly better though, and a solid-enough player to win.

Given coach Lovie Smith’s background (getting to a Super Bowl with a defense that carried a Rex Grossman-led offense), investing the seventh pick in the draft on a quarterback still seems unusual.