CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears have been mentioned quite a bit to this point in regards to the NFL free-agency landscape, both in terms of targets and potential departures, most notably Alshon Jeffery, who the team decided not to franchise tag, allowing him to become an unrestricted free-agent. This week the Bears have been mentioned as a front runner for the services of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon, as well as other players.
This afternoon, multiple sources confirmed that Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer will sign a two year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Hoyer started five games for the Bears in 2016 before losing the remainder of his season to a broken collarbone suffered after a big hit he received in a late October match-up with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Hoyer threw for 1,445 yards while tossing six touchdowns and zero interceptions during his brief stint with the Bears. Hoyer completed 134 of his 200 passing attempts in his six games in 2016, and the Bears went 1-4 with him as the starter.
With Hoyer heading to San Francisco, and Jay Cutler expected to be cut by the team in the coming weeks, the Bears appear to be leaning in the direction of Mike Glennon at the quarterback position for the 2017 season. While teams can’t make any deals official until 3:00 pm on Thursday when the new league year begins, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Glennon to Chicago deal is “all but done.” Rapoport made the comments on the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football today, and stated that he wouldn’t be surprised if the deal was finalized as early as this evening.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report conquers with Rapoport’s belief on the situation as well, tweeting this out this afternoon.
Was just told teams in on Mike Glennon have backed off today. Deal to Chicago seems like a foregone conclusion.
Glennon has been rumored to be asking for $14-$15 million dollars per year, and was also said to have turned down an $8 million dollar per year offer from the Buccaneers to remain in Tampa Bay, so Bears fans can expect the deal to range from two to three years in length, at somewhere in between eight and fifteen million dollars per season.
Glennon, 27, was drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and has started 18 games for the Buccaneers during his three seasons with the team, spending the last two seasons backing up Jameis Winston. Glennon has posted a 5-13 record to this point, recording 4,100 yards, 40 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while completing roughly 60 percent of his nearly 700 passing attempts.
In his only full season as a starter in 2013, Glennon threw for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions while leading the Buccaneers to a 4-9 record in 13 starts.
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