It appears the Bears intend on signing the former second round pick out of NC State to a long term deal.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Bears plan on paying Glennon roughly 45 million over 3 years to be the franchise quarterback.
Nothing about this excites me and it shouldn’t excite any Bears fan. It’s not as big as the contract Brock Osweiler received last offseason, but it’s pretty fucking close. Osweiler got roughly 17 million per year while Glennon will be getting roughly 14.5 million.
Maybe I’m jumping the gun due to recency bias, but Mike Glennon is far from a proven quarterback and to throw that kind of money at him is absurd. Yes, the Bears have plenty of cap space, but there are many holes on the team that they could spend more money on.
One example of this already is Stephon Gilmore, who appears to be headed to New England over Chicago. If the Bears didn’t plan on dishing out 45 million to Glennon, they might have been able to fill the void at cornerback with a player like Gilmore with a little more money on the table.
Now I’m not saying Glennon is the worst option for the Bears, but it just seems like they’re jumping the gun on the potential of a 28 year old. Need I remind you that Glennon was benched in favor of Josh McCown of all people. The Buccaneers didn’t believe in his potential, so much that that they drafted Jameis Winston to replace Glennon 3 years into his career.
Obviously the Bears didn’t pay this guy for nothing, right? We’ll see. Over the course of Glennon’s career he’s started 18 games, passed for 4,100 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions while completing 59.4 percent of his passes. There is room for some optimism looking at these numbers, but the question stands: Is he worth 45 million dollars?
As a Bear fan, especially in recent years, I am nothing but skeptical about this whole situation. At the very least, the Bears still need to draft a quarterback in one of the first 3 rounds of the draft this April, because if this situation doesn’t pan out, all hell will break loose at Halas Hall. They’ve already tried rebuilding, TWICE, since firing Lovie Smith.
This time around it absolutely needs to pan out, and paying Mike Glennon to be your franchise quarterback already puts you in a tough spot to start the 2017 season.