Sean Payton say Bucs QB Mike Glennon almost became a Saint _lowres

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) throws a pass during the secnd quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Tampa won 27-24. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) ORG XMIT: PAKS

Had fate waited two draft picks, Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon might be poised to spend Sunday afternoon on the Saints sideline - a pupil and future replacement for Drew Brees.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday the franchise strongly considered selecting Glennon out of North Carolina State University in the 2013 NFL Draft. Payton knew Dana Bible, Glennon’s college offensive coordinator, who gave an big recommendation.

“Honestly - ironically - that discussion that came up, I can remember it like it was yesterday,” Payton said. “Terron Armstead. Glennon was right in that cloud, if you will.”

Before the Saints had to make the decision, Tampa Bay took Glennon 73rd overall. Two picks later, the Saints selected Armstead out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

On Sunday, Armstead will start his seventh career game, a solid starter protecting Brees’ blind side. Glennon, meanwhile, looks like the latest quarterback of the future for Tampa Bay, coming off last Sunday’s last-second, 27-24 upset at Pittsburgh.

Glennon passed for 245 of his 302 passing yards in the second half, including a five-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson with seven seconds left.

Glennon, who is listed at six feet, six inches and 225 lbs., has thrown this season for 423 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Payton said his timing, his feet are “exceptional for his size” and that he “can locate and make all the throws.”