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Aaron Glenn retires as a Texan

After 15 seasons, veteran defensive back Aaron Glenn finally is calling it quits.  On Wednesday, he’ll sign a one-day contract with one of the various teams with which he played.

He’ll retire with the Texans.  The team made the announcement earlier this evening.

Glenn has picked the Texans even though he spent only three seasons with the team.  In contrast, he was a member of the Jets for eight years.  He also spent two seasons with the Cowboys, one with the Jaguars, and one with the Saints.  Glenn last played in 2008, landing on injured reserve in late November.

Picked 12th overall by the Pete Carroll-coached Jets in 1994, Glenn was a member of the first Texans team in 2002.  He qualified for the Pro Bowl that year, for the third and final time of his career. 

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22 Responses to “Aaron Glenn retires as a Texan”
  1. JoeSixPack says: Jul 27, 2010 8:36 PM

    Aaron Glenn is a class act – having long ago earned the respect of players and fans around the league.
    It’s no wonder he doesn’t want to retire a Jet.

  2. comment_submission_error says: Jul 27, 2010 9:11 PM

    I thought he retired several years ago. One-day contracts are lame.

  3. Calir says: Jul 27, 2010 9:17 PM

    Guess he never got over the Jets “not respecting him” by not protecting him in the expansion draft

  4. billsfan1 says: Jul 27, 2010 9:18 PM

    he was a small but solid corner for years…. good player….

  5. Zinn says: Jul 27, 2010 9:43 PM

    Darn shame he ever left the Jets. he was a casualty of the huge debt that Parcells and Tannenbaum ran up on the Jets salary cap during Parcells tenure. This not only caused the Jets to have to get rid of Glenn in 2002 but 5 other starters and left them in salary cap hell for the next 5 seasons unable to resign many of their players like Coles, Norton, Thomas, McKenzie as they simply did not have the money to keep all fo their own players and had to keep pushing Parcells debt into the future.
    But while most will recognize the huge loss the Jets suffered in talent because of Parcells overspending most forget the brain power loss when the Jets lost Belicheck and Pioli because of the teams dire cap situation. In fact the team went through 4 head coaches between 2000 and 2001 as no one wanted to coach a team in such bad shape.

  6. yourmomm says: Jul 27, 2010 10:09 PM

    Tannenbaum wasnt there till 2006, buddy.
    But I’m all for blaming Terry Bradway and his awful mishandling of the team.
    Trading a 1st round pick for Justin McCarreins and the most disappointing kicker in history.
    Trading 2 first rounders for Dwayne Robertson.
    Trading a 2nd round pick for Doug Jolley.
    It’s no wonder people on this site view the jets as a joke… But Tannenbaum has been damn near flawless.

  7. CRM says: Jul 27, 2010 10:14 PM

    Glenn has picked the Texans even though he spent only three seasons with the team.
    This is hardly news. Glenn is Texas born and bred. He even went to college at Texas A&M.

  8. D wins games says: Jul 27, 2010 11:01 PM

    yourmomm says: July 27, 2010 10:09 PM
    Tannenbaum wasnt there till 2006, buddy.
    That’s when he became GM. And has done a terrific job. But as Parcells’ salary cap guru, he has to shoulder some blame for the salary cap mess Bill left behind….

  9. kr says: Jul 27, 2010 11:06 PM

    Tannenbaum was with the Jets in those days, he just wasn’t the GM….Parcells was and Tannenbaum was his right hand man on the salary cap. Bradway came after Parcells left and screwed things up as you said.
    either way Glenn was a great, not good, player and a class act. too bad circumstances played out as they did and he couldn’t remain a Jet

  10. CRM says: Jul 27, 2010 11:19 PM

    yourmomm said, Trading a 1st round pick for Justin McCarreins and the most disappointing kicker in history.
    Trading a 2nd round pick for Doug Jolley.

    IIRC, the Jets traded a second-round pick for McCareins and a first-rounder for Jolley.
    I wouldn’t say that Tannenbaum has been “damn near flawless.” He did, after all, draft Vernon Gholston.

  11. Champ Daily says: Jul 27, 2010 11:37 PM

    kr says:
    July 27, 2010 11:06 PM
    either way Glenn was a great, not good, player and a class act.
    He most certainly was not great, he was a good, solid player…Great players make it to more than 3 pro Bowls and 1 All-Pro selection in their career.

  12. Gelardia says: Jul 28, 2010 12:35 AM

    Man, I thought he was out of the league 10 yrs ago.

  13. yourmomm says: Jul 28, 2010 1:13 AM

    Yes Gholston is the one mistake as of now, so Tannenbaum is ‘damn near’ flawless instead of just flawless…
    But this year Big Vern is supposed to start for the first time – and at his original position, DE – although maybe undersized for the 3-4. But I think theres still a chance he puts his freakish size, speed, strength combo to use this year.
    He was too dumb to learn linebacker. Now hes just gonna be on the line with one job, “go get him”. If he fails this year then we know…

  14. Zinn says: Jul 28, 2010 2:52 AM

    Tannenbaum has not been near flawless. Under Parcells he ran the Jets into salary cap hell. He hired Mangini which set the organization back 3 years. He was strongly against trading up for Revis, Harris and Greene. If not for Bradway and Clinkscale we would have none of those players.
    I can’t really blame Ghoulston on Tannenbaum as that was all Mangini’s doing against the screams of Bradway and Clinkcsale who wanted nothing to do with that clown.
    He also come into conflict with to many players who have accused him of lying. Baker, Kendall, Coles, Leon, Revis and a few others. Not to mention he has been accused by more than a few people of floating lies and rumors out to the press to gain publicity advantage. Such as saying the Jets had offered Leon $5 million last year when Leon said he was never offered more than $2 million. All in all Tannenbaum is a pretty shifty guy who plays hardball. Not the kind of guy you want to turn your back on.
    Now there are many good things about Tannenbaum to. The world is simply not black and white. He is not afraid to make decisions or gamble. He listens well. He is a much better trader/dealer than Bradway. For example the Abraham trade to the Falcons. There is no way Bradway gets better than a second on that deal. He is hard working and does not sleep.
    But to say Tannenbuam is all good or all bad ignores the other side. He is both. As long as he has a strong scouting department they can make up for lack of football knowledge. As long as he has football people surrounding him he can use their contacts and knowledge to open doors that would otherwise be closed to him.
    I am happy to an extent that he is the Jets GM but I don’t trust him. If there is a point where he has to make a decision to do whats best for the Jets or do whats best for Mikey he will always do whats best for Mikey. Just like he and Parcells did 10+ years ago when they sacrificed the jets long term future for their short term gain in 97-99. That is my worry with Tannemnbaum that at some point he will spend to win now realizing when its time to pay the bill he will be long gone. That and his character flaws. But then again some people don’t see dishonesty and character flaws as a weakness.

  15. Kenneth says: Jul 28, 2010 7:03 AM

    He was a very good player. He was one of Shack Harris free agent signings that actually did contribute to the Jaguars during his brief stay. Class act all around.

  16. DG0122 says: Jul 28, 2010 8:17 AM

    of course he went to aTm, they were paying really well at the time

  17. Bleeding Green says: Jul 28, 2010 8:26 AM

    Zinn,
    Mr. T is the one who wanted Revis bad enough to trade up to 14. Bradway and Clinkcsale talked him into trading up for Greene. And how exactly did hiring Mangini set the organization back three years?

  18. Black QB White RB says: Jul 28, 2010 8:32 AM

    Aaron Glenn?! isn’t he like 60?Didn’t he play for weeb ewbank with the jets a century or so ago?
    just kidding. In his prime he was an excellent player, played well for a long time.

  19. FrancoHarrisIsTheBiggestPussyInNFLHistory says: Jul 28, 2010 8:37 AM

    Why does anyone care when good but not great players sign a one day contract? Enough with the one day BS. It’s one thing if Emmitt Smith or Jerry Rice do it but who’s next? Are we going to see backup long snappers signing one day deals to retire with a team they spent training camp with?

  20. overkil2 says: Jul 28, 2010 9:25 AM

    “FrancoHarrisIsTheBiggestPussyInNFLHistory says:
    July 28, 2010 8:37 AM
    Why does anyone care when good but not great players sign a one day contract? Enough with the one day BS. It’s one thing if Emmitt Smith or Jerry Rice do it but who’s next? Are we going to see backup long snappers signing one day deals to retire with a team they spent training camp with?

    Does Emmitt Smith even know how to sign his name, or does he just use an X?

  21. maniacman says: Jul 28, 2010 9:52 AM

    I believe they had to give up Ryan Thomas to the Texans in order to take Aaron Glenn with his $8 mill salary. Parcell overpaid a lot of players at that time. It was a win now philosophy and not worry about the future. Belicheck left because he did not want to be the head coach with Parcell being the GM. They were not the best of buddies. Glenn was a very good player. Very smart. Was a shut down corner during his time. Unfortunately, we really needed to dump his salary in order to rebuild the team. As you can see it took a while.
    As for the one day contract, i am not sure but since everyone is doing it, it would seem like some type of league rule if you want to retire as a member of that team.

  22. Zinn says: Jul 28, 2010 4:00 PM

    Maniacman:
    Actually It was Glenn, Coleman and Ryan Young to the Texans. We had to throw in Young to get the Texans to take Glenn and Coleman’s contracts.
    Belicheck did not join the Jets because of the salary cap disaster pending in 2002 as the consensus pf most “football experts” was that the Jets had no future and were doomed for the next 5-10 years because of the salary cap situation. Which is essentially what happened. While the Jets were able to dump and rewrite salaries to get under in 2002. Because they pushed salaries into 2003 then they had to do a smaller version of that in 2003 pushing salaries into 2004. This continued one year at a time until the new CBA bailed them out. the net effect was a big loss losing 6 starters in 2002 then a slow withering over the next 4 years where the Jets did not have the fund to sign new FA’s or all of their own. So not only did they lose talent with player getting older like Lewis and Jones but from not having the funds to resign all players like Coles, McKenzie, Jordan, Thomas and so on.
    The net effect was the teams talent level was decimated. The fact the team has stayed competitive from 2002 until present means that everyone deserves major props. Bradway for being unselfish and not spending future money to save his job, Tannenbaum for his cap work and the scouting department for restocking the team. I will forever be upset at Parcells for the mess he ran away from and its potential to destroy the Jets for 10+ years but on the other hand I give him credit for changing the Jets culture to a winning one. Without him all the future success likely would have not happened. But then again without the mess he caused we would have not lost Belicheck and a great deal of player talent.

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