Nearly one month after the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears opened their first OTA of the season, and the elephant in the room was of course, the Bears decision to draft quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after signing Mike Glennon to a three-year deal in March on the first day of NFL free-agency.
We’ve all heard about the awkward evening when Ryan Pace and company invited Mike Glennon to the Draft watch party last month, only for Glennon to see the Bears select his future replacement with the second pick in the NFL Draft. While I’m sure that Glennon was as surprised as anyone when he heard NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell call Trubisky’s name, this wasn’t the first time that Glennon saw his current franchise draft his future replacement on the first night of the NFL Draft.
Of course, Glennon watched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Jameis Winston in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and then eventually saw himself relegated to clipboard duty as Winston took the reigns in Tampa Bay in 2015. Winston went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award in 2015, and has thrown for 8,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in his two seasons since replacing Glennon.
This past March, Glennon came to Chicago under the assumption that he was their quarterback after signing a three-year deal worth $45 million dollars, $18 million of which is guaranteed to him regardless of how long he stays in Chicago.
So on day one of the Chicago Bears OTA’s at Halas Hall on Tuesday, Mike Glennon delivered a rather confident response when he was asked about his feelings on the Bears most recent first round draft choice.
“I think just like everyone here, I was surprised,” Glennon admitted of his reaction to Trubisky. “But it was made clear to me about 10 minutes after from a call from (general manager Ryan (Pace) and the next morning again, the 2017 season is my year. That’s all I can worry about. I’m not worried about the future. I’m not worried about the past. I’m worried about the present and right now this is my team.”
Glennon is not concerned with Mitchell Trubisky, or the theme that seems to be following him around throughout his NFL career, but rather Glennon is focused on the 2017 season. Well aware of the fact that the Bears can cut ties with him after the 2017 season for just $2 million dollars more than they will have already paid him, Mike Glennon knows that 2017 is his opportunity to show the critics that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL, even if that isn’t with the Chicago Bears after this season.
Glennon said that he was completely unaware that the Bears were going to take Trubisky in the first round, and insisted that those decisions were that of the general manager and scouting department, and that he wasn’t privy to anything.
Glennon’s cool-headed temperament and demeanor will make the transition from him to Trubisky an easy one when the time comes, but until that time, Glennon has made it clear that when it comes to 2017, this is his football team.