Details of Former Buccaneers Quarterback Mike Glennon Signing with Chicago
Happy League New Year, and pre-congratulations to former Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon as he appears to be on the cusp of signing with the Chicago Bears.
Mike Glennon has spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Buccaneers, mostly as a backup to several different quarterbacks.
Now, as a free-agent, Glennon will get his shot at starting for an NFL franchise and is reportedly heading to Chicago.
Ian Rapoport tweeted this morning that the former 3rd-Round selection will get an average of $14.5 Million per year over three years to try and fix what Jay Cutler couldn’t.
The Bears have some offensive weapons to surround Glennon with as he transitions to “The Windy City”.
Last year’s surprise rookie Jordan Howard will lead the backfield for him, and speedy receiver Kevin White will be looking to make another come back from injuries which have derailed his career early on.
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Some other rumors have also tied Glennon’s new team to wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive backs Stephon Gilmore along with a host of potential safety additions.
The most interesting part of Rapoport’s tweet for me was the assertion the Bears will still look to draft a quarterback in the draft.
This points to the franchise wanting a bit of what I’ll call, “Osweiler Insurance”, as the league watched in horror as the Texans’ big quarterback signing of 2016 backfired.
It also puts the former Buccaneers’ backup on a bit of a clock as his three-year deal is every bit of a prove-it deal while it lacks the typical one-year stipulation.
The Bucs tried prior to the legal-tampering period to lock down their backup on a deal which would have made Glennon the league’s highest paid backup.
However, the desire to start and promise of more money certainly weighed heavily on his decision to decline the generous offer, and has ultimately lead us all to this place.
Interestingly enough, the Bears visit Tampa during the 2017 season, so fans will get to see the understudy face the star at some point.
What are your thoughts on Glennon leaving the Bucs? How do you think the team should address their new hole at the second quarterback spot?
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