Mike Glennon deal pegged at the $14 million-$15 million range

AP

When free agency begins this week, there will be contracts that make people rub their eyes and wonder if they had one drink too many last night.

And one of them figures to be for Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the expectation among sources at the Scouting Combine was that Glennon’s next deal would come in around the $14 million to $15 million per year range.

That sounds ridiculous on its face, primarily because Mike Glennon.

He has five starts since his 2013 rookie season when he was thrown into the fire, and none in the last two seasons. He’s only attempted 11 passes in the last two years while sitting behind Jameis Winston. But his market figures to be strong because he’s available without having to trade anything away or use a draft pick, and the Bears and Jets have already been mentioned as possible destinations.

And while the number causes you to reach for another cup of coffee and might give you flashbacks to Osweilerian excess, it’s really not that out of line.

There are 13 quarterbacks with deals averaging more than $20 million a year, and nine more making $16 million a year or more (taking you down to the Andy Dalton/Alex Smith/Sam Bradford neighborhood).

So while it’s a big number, especially for a Mike Glennon, it’s not out of line for a bottom-third of the league starter. And frankly, if you’re spending that kind of money on a Mike Glennon, that’s probably what the team around him dictates he’s going to be.

55 responses to “Mike Glennon deal pegged at the $14 million-$15 million range

  1. I think that whoever signs Mike Glennon will be pleasantly surprised…Lovie Smith (3-9 last year at Illinois), completely misused Glennon in Tampa Bay….

  2. Even though his playing time is ancient history at this point, $14-$15M for how he played back then is a no-brainer… I’d take him for that if I needed a QB.

  3. “Osweilierian”

    Ha!

    Remember when all of the Donkey fans would have us believe Osweiler was the 2nd coming of Elway?

    Now he’s an adjective describing an overpaid below average QB. A cautionary tale of how not to pursue a QB

  4. .
    I watched all of the Bucs preseason games last year believing that it was Glennon’s time to shine against an opponents reserve squad. I was bitterly disappointed.
    .

  5. Go back and watch the tape of Glennon against the Seahawks in 2013 . He threw the ball extremely well against the greatest defense of all time. I can see why teams would spend money on him. He’s a better bet than Mitch Trubisky.

    Sorry “Mitchell.”

  6. I love Mike and wish him the best. But I sure am glad my team has never played the “Let’s give bazillions to another team’s backup” lottery.

    Powerball gives you better odds.

  7. It only seems ridiculous if you’re a jealous person who cares about how much money others make. If you realize that it’s not your money being paid to Glennon, it’s not ridiculous at all.

  8. 14-15 million for an average at best quarterback, that is a lot of cap space for a guy that probably won’t get you more than 6-8 wins. 12 of the last 14 Super Bowl winners DRAFTED their quarterback. The two that weren’t drafted by the teams that won were Drew Brees and Peyton manning, two future hall of famers. BUYER BERWARE. Coming from a Bucs fan

  9. If $14-15M is “not out of line for a bottom-third of the league [QB]”, then why does PFT INSIST that part of the reason Dallas is going to have to cut Tony Romo is because of Romo’s contract? Romo is definitely better than a “bottom-third” QB, and yet he would only count $14M against the cap next year for a trading team! His salary goes up after that, but because none of his contract would be guaranteed he could be cut or leveraged into a minor pay cut after next year very easily. I’d say this Glennon talk is PROOF that Romo’s contract is actually a benefit for his trade value, not a hindrance – and note that if Romo is cut that he would DEFINITELY get some decent amount of guaranteed money in a new FA contract.

  10. This guy is nothing but an average backup, and $14-$15 million per year is not average backup money. And yet there will probably be some quarterback hungry team out there desperate enough to throw that money at him with the hope that he’s a starter.

  11. Nobody was even talking about this guy until Garoppolo came off the market. He hasn’t proven to be even a $10 million per year player.

  12. No, that’s still crazy. It’s Mike Glennon. Give him the Ryan Fitzpatrick special and call it a day or be tied to a mediocre starter like Houston with Osweiler.

  13. If I were the Bears, I’d roll with QBs already on the roster this season. No reason Barkley or Fales can’t be Glennon’s equal, at less money.

    Spend the picks & cash building the team around them, not reaching for Glennon/Garoppolo/Taylor, etc. If one of them works out, pay them at the end of the season. If not, you’ll likely have better options next year than this.

  14. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 6, 2017 9:08 AM
    Go back and watch the tape of Glennon….He threw the ball extremely well against the greatest defense of all time…
    —————————————————-

    When, and in what alternative universe, did Glennon play against the ’85 Bears?

  15. Overpaying for a backup QB is like signing a 30yr old RB to a massive contract.
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Brock Oswieler
    Scott Mitchell
    Mike Flynn
    Kevin Kolb

  16. There are a lot of positions that you can bargain basement shop for but QB is not one of them.

    The Jets have wasted a plethora of high draft choices over the years at QB misses. Paying more so you don’t have to use a draft pick is a lose lose proposition.

    There are no QBs worth a high pick in this draft. Only one team is rich at the QB position. If you really believe you can win now but just need a QB you offer the Patriots their choice of A or B.

    A. 1st and 5th for Garoppolo

    B. Two 1sts and two 5ths for Brady

    They have to accept one of those offers with the caveat that the player agree to the deal.

  17. There are a lot of positions that you can bargain basement shop for but QB is not one of them.

    The Jets have wasted a plethora of high draft choices over the years at QB misses. Paying more so you don’t have to use a draft pick is a lose lose proposition.

    There are no QBs worth a high pick in this draft. Only one team is rich at the QB position. If you really believe you can win now but just need a QB you offer the Patriots their choice of A or B.

    A. 1st and 5th for Garoppolo

    B. Two 1sts and two 5ths for Brady

    They have to accept one of those offers with the caveat that the player agree to the deal.

  18. That’s not even 10% of the cap.
    Not bad for the most important position on the team when the new salary cap is taken into consideration.

  19. Or, the Bears could just hang on to Cutler for another year for a few mil less.

    As a Bears fan who finally gave up on Cutler two years ago, that would be a very hard pill to swallow and I think enough bridges have been burned already that it won’t happen. But if you’re looking strictly at the numbers…

  20. The Bears and Jets? Is Mike Glennon any better than Brian Hoyer or Ryan Fitzpatrick? Seriously! Imagine being a Bears/Jets fan and learning you have “upgraded” your starting QB to…Mike Glennon? Wow.

  21. I don’t know what some of you do for a living but if you think its a good idea to pay Mike Glennon 15 million, I know you are not a GM.

  22. I wouldn’t underestimate Glennon. He has played well when given the opporutnity, and with a little more on-the-field experience under his belt, he could turn into something more than a game-manager.

    Is he worth $14-15 million? Not right now, but the team that signs him for something along those lines is betting on his future. Teams could do worse than taking a chance on him.

  23. I would go fetal if my team signed this guy for $14 million. You aren’t winning anything with Mike Glennon, and what’s worse, you aren’t really dedicating to finding a guy who can win.

  24. This should be known as the “Osweiler Effect”. Since that atrocious deal, every average QB with a handful of starts will demand to be paid like a star regardless of skill level or length of resume. This is the reason NFL coaches and Owners hate agents.

  25. Mike Glennon deserves a chance and I’m looking forward to watching his opportunity play out.

    In 18 starts Glennon had almost 4100 yards, 30 TDs, with only 15 INTs (on a bad Bucs team at the time).

    I’d take Glennon all day long over players like Cutler and Kaepernick.

  26. “Remember when all of the Donkey fans would have us believe Osweiler was the 2nd coming of Elway?”
    _____________

    When exactly was that? Because I recall a team winning with defense in spite of Osweiler and most Bronco fans being relieved after Manning got the starting job back following a 5-turnover game by Osweiler. There were plenty of people on the Osweiler bandwagon but most of those were talking heads in the studio… and Texans executives.

  27. Having watched Glennon a lot, I think he’s clearly got the capacity to be a starter in the league on the right team; he’s big, has a huge arm, throws a beautiful deep ball, and doesn’t force the ball too much. His big failing is he’s unwilling to pull the trigger on riskier throws and is prone to check things down a bit quickly, but he played pretty well on an utterly, utterly awful series of Bucs teams, and didn’t get rattled. There’s something there.

    Do I think he’s a top-flight QB? Lord, no, but he’s got the capacity to be an OK starter or top-flight backup. If you stick him in Denver, he’s a massive upgrade, because that team has some weapons he could work with. You stick him in Cleveland you might as well set him on fire at midfield.

    “More talented Brian Hoyer” is probably a good comparison; he’s going to likely be good enough to manage a decent team, and not good enough to do it all himself. Depends on where he goes.

  28. and the bears will glady just continue to wait for garapolo to return to illinois.

    the rebuild is nearly complete. go bears!

  29. SO what do you think? Garrapolo or Glennon?

    I take neither. I would give Chase Daniels a shot at half the money.

  30. For 14-15 there needs to be performance clauses.

    If you perform, you get paid. In fact, you get paid even more than 15MM *IF* you perform very well.

    The way to do this is with a lower base, say 7MM, and performance clauses though what they would be I don’t know.
    Maybe yards, completion percentage, air yards (to prevent a big payout on racking up a high completion percentage on check downs.

  31. The NFL market is ridiculous. Overpaying for QBs who haven’t proven anything; who are declining; and who are simply not elite.

    What’s also amazing, these teams and coaches don’t even let the QBs call their own plays! This includes my own QB who is not elite.

    Ridiculous.

  32. I always thought Glennon had more potential than he got credit for. He never really got a solid shot at running a team without being hot-swapped out. Crazy amount of money, but it is what it is in terms of QBs. Leverage is everything. I think some team would be REAL happy to get him for under $10m.

  33. Glennon gives your starting qb a run for his money….that is if your team does not have a franchise qb.

    We would have loved to keep him in Tampa. You are getting a consummate pro who has the capacity to be an Alex Smith/Cousins type where he may get you 9-11 wins & a playoff appearance here and there.

    Its an upgrade anytime you can bring in competition…it keeps improving your qb’s play.

  34. Anyone paying Glennon 14 mil per needs to be put into a straight jacket and removed from the NFL immediately.

    Oh, and Jimmy G’s stock continues to rise.

  35. It’s not a lot of money for a QB under the current salary cap. It’s nowhere close to the mistake Houston made overpaying Osweiler. Glennon’s a good prospect. Well worth a shot, especially if you don’t promise him he’s the starter – make him earn it.

  36. He’s always reminded me a little of Matt Ryan. Not a gifted athlete, not a cannon arm, and needs to be able to set his feet. But he’s tall, smart, and if you give him a clean pocket he can pick you apart.

    In the NFL, that’s a big “if”.

    I can certainly see Kyle Shanahan over in SF wanting to work with his former QB’s clone.

  37. “What’s also amazing, these teams and coaches don’t even let the QB’s call their own plays!”.

    Most readers here weren’t born the last time a QB called his own plays. Perhaps you’ve been a coma since the 60’s?

  38. I’d be pretty leery about paying $14 million to a guy who looks like he should be playing a banjo in ‘Deliverance’.

  39. This tells me that Jameis has a short leash, they’re not 100% convinced with Winston(and his off the field speeches). Huge investment for a “backup QB”!!

  40. “Having watched Glennon a lot…… His big failing is he’s unwilling to pull the trigger on riskier throws and is prone to check things down a bit quickly”

    It all makes sense now. That’s 90% of Pocket OC’s game plan.

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