CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon on a three year deal, worth a total of $43.5 million dollars, that has only $19 million guaranteed when free agency begins at 3:00 pm today.
This move isn’t a surprising one. The Bears have been linked to Glennon for about a week now. Other teams began backing off as soon as last night because most of them believed the deal with the Bears was all but finalized.
It’s disappointing that the Bears were unable to make a move for Jimmy Garoppolo or A.J. McCarron, but the Glennon signing is a low risk, high reward move, which has been a recurring theme during general manager Ryan Pace’s tenure.
Glennon, 27, threw for 4,025 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in 19 games between 2013 and 2014.
It’s hard to accurately get a read on Glennon because his sample size is so small. He’s predominantly a pocket passer, who reminds a lot of experts of Matt Ryan. However, because of his age, Glennon is a bridge quarterback at best. The money in his contract also states the same.
The fact that Glennon hasn’t been a starter since 2014 is a major concern. Glennon is known to have the ability to push the ball down the field, but his mobility is an issue. The Bears also don’t have the best group of wide receivers right now. Kevin White can’t stay on the field, Cameron Meredith will be entering just his third season and Alshon Jeffery may have a new team by the end of the evening. The Bears roster at key positions may see some even bigger changes in 2017, which some people believe is a good thing.
After eight seasons, the starting quarterback for the Bears will no longer be Jay Cutler. It was time for a change. Glennon will have a chance to be the starter in 2017 and beyond, but that should not change the Bears plan to find a franchise quarterback in next month’s NFL Draft.
Sorry, but a 27-year-old cannot be considered a franchise guy. The Bears still have to do their due diligence when in terms of the quarterback class in the upcoming draft. It doesn’t matter when they take a quarterback. The point is they have to take one or at least find one somehow, someway.
The Bears made the right move by not being tied to Glennon like they were to Jay Cutler and how the Houston Texans are to Brock Osweiler. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of Glennon maybe Pace and his staff know something I don’t.
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