Mike Glennon expected to be cut by Bears

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As the quarterback dominoes begin to tumble this offseason, one of last year’s winners (at least from a personal financial standpoint) figures to hit the market again.

Via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com, the Bears are expected to part ways with quarterback Mike Glennon, who was signed less than a year ago with plans to be their starter.

Of course, everything changed when they made the bold move for Mitchell Trubisky and then finally decided to start the rookie, but Glennon’s contract always seemed out of line with his career.

He was given a three-year, $45 million contract despite not playing regularly since his own rookie season (2013), and the Bears have already given him $16 million. But the idea of paying him a $2.5 million roster bonus and $12.5 million to back up Trubisky seems ludicrous.

He started four games last year, and threw four touchdowns and five interceptions (with eight total turnovers) and the Bears went 1-3 in those games before even the risk-averse John Fox decided to play the rookie.

While the theory of having an experienced backup behind a second-year quarterback is a good one, the reality of paying him $15 million bucks is something that would require him pulling a Nick Foles to justify. And the Bears as a whole aren’t ready for that kind of leap.

34 responses to “Mike Glennon expected to be cut by Bears

  1. Bears GM Ryan Pace failed on an epic scale with last year’s FA class. There’s a very good chance no more than one or two of his 2017 signings make the cut under the new regime. He needs to do a lot better this offseason.

  2. Glennon would be a good backup quarterback for a lot of teams. He’s the kind of guy who could probably be more than adequate if he’s in a good situation, but the Bears were about as far as you could get from a good situation.

  3. I watched him play for the Bucs and was thoroughly unimpressed. So many people thought he was so great for some reason, I’m not sure what they were watching but his play never justified even a backup role. I guess they valued a guy that tall or something? Still a head scratcher watching the interest not just from the Bucs but then also from the Bears.

  4. It’s easy to admire Brady, Rodgers and Brees. Guys like Glennon, Osweiler, etc., are the real heroes. Kicked life in the nuts despite an appreciable lack of talent in their chosen profession.

  5. Mark Sanchez is more of a mentor for Trubisky than Glennon. Say what you want about Sanchez, but he has playoff experience. I don’t care if the defense got him there, he was the QB of that team going through all the mental aspects of playing in the playoffs. That’s valuable.

  6. Glennon will land with the Patriots where they’ll be able to flip him for a second round pick based on two outstanding midseason games.

  7. So, the NFL knows a lot. But they don’t have a ‘HOLD” on the dynamics of the true role and performance expectations of the QB!!! And the biggest downfall is listening too much to the “media hype and narrative” regarding the value of “WHAT YOU believe or HOPE” a QB will do for your team!!!! They instead now, are unwisely selling the farm and overpaying for what they HOPE a guy will do for their team, all because they ignore true results and continue to believe the narrative of the media (pay whatever it takes if you believe, you MUST have THE guy locked up for a long time, risk it if you believe it, and DONT let a guy you think is good get away-and for heavens sake, DONT LET THEM TRULY TEST FREE AGENCY, PAY THE MAN, QB’s are underpaid, Get all you can get when you have leverage!!! and on and on and on of LOSER mindset).

    Isn’t it far smarter to only pay the highest dollar to a guy like Tom Brady, Rodgers, etc. who have proven THEY can get to and win a SB!!!! If that were the narrative like it used to be, these “potential leverage guys” would NOT expect to be paid BEFORE they prove it. And unless he has proven it on your team, you run a great risk of a bust on your team when you overpay!!! Cause they get ONE half year to prove it!!!

    If Tom Brady takes a under market deal and that is the number one reason the Patriots have been to so many SB’s while all the other teams scramble to overpay QB’s who haven’t even sniffed the SB!!! I mean, this is not rocket science. But you have to have your own mind like the Patriots. All these teams paying top dollar for their unproven QB’s play into Bill Billichicks understanding that ignorance costs!!! Do EXACTLY the opposite of what most people are doing if you want to be a mover and a shaker.

  8. Sure he wasn’t the best QB, but the elaborate daily flower arrangements in his locker really held the team together.

  9. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 14, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Glennon would be a good backup quarterback for a lot of teams. He’s the kind of guy who could probably be more than adequate if he’s in a good situation, but the Bears were about as far as you could get from a good situation.

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    Glennon is better than Bridgewater.

  10. Glennon will be a very good backup somewhere. He’ll get a team through a game or two if the starter is injured.

    He should go to Atlanta. He’s the spitting image of Matt Ryan (in uniform) anyway.

  11. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 14, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Glennon would be a good backup quarterback for a lot of teams. He’s the kind of guy who could probably be more than adequate if he’s in a good situation, but the Bears were about as far as you could get from a good situation.

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    Wrong, the Bears already have a better defense than Detroit and Green Bay. They retained Fangio and just acquired a fresh powerful offensive mind as HC. The Bears are not as far off as you want to think they are. Trubisky would have beaten us in that fist game, if his hands were not tied from Fox. Our Vikes just barely won that game and Trubisky looked very good.

  12. There should be a number of quarterbacks hitting the free agent market this season who may be rated ahead of Glennon. Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford and Case Keenum are all free agents, and it is extremely unlikely the Vikings can afford to keep more than one of these 3. The other two that will be available should get more looks than Glennon will get. The other free agent QBs available will include Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins.

  13. feckyerlife says:
    February 14, 2018 at 11:18 am
    Everything i saw from Trubisky last year screamed bust

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    Yeah I don’t think that word means what you think it means. 1) He was never expected to be a star. You can’t really be a bust if no one expects much out of you. 2) He was only paid, what, $15 mil a year? Well below the standard for starting QBs, so back to point one, no one ever expected much out of him.

    I think he was exactly who most of the world thought he was. A career backup with mildly serviceable skills. This one is on the Bears for thinking he was a starter. But then looking at their history that shouldn’t be surprising.

  14. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    February 14, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    Glennon will be a very good backup somewhere. He’ll get a team through a game or two if the starter is injured.

    He should go to Atlanta. He’s the spitting image of Matt Ryan (in uniform) anyway.

    He’ll get looks but he hasn’t been a good backup anywhere, unless holding a clipboard is a skill. His Rating is in the 50’s, unless you count CHI where it was 25 and one year he had 97 when he had 2 games and no starts – 11 passes. I may not agree with the previous poster that he is a “bust” because I don’t think the expectations were very high, but he also isn’t a very good QB at the NFL level.

  15. Nothing more hurtful could be said to In Teddy We Trust than Glennon is better than his guy Bridgewater (which is pretty clearly wrong by the way).

  16. “…but Glennon’s contract always seemed out of line with his career.”

    Really? You have to be a complete idiot to give a guy who has 18 career starts a three-year, $45 million contract. You give this kind of money to someone who has proven his worth, not someone who hasn’t proven jack.

    So the guy passes the eye test and has a terrific arm… so what? It’s OK to learn a lesson but at a cost of $16 million, this is a really expensive lesson.

  17. If Canton ever gets an “Agents Wing” in the Hall, Glennon’s guy is a sure-bet first ballot inductee.

  18. Glennon made a huge amount of money, for very little production. He expected this would occur, given his play last season. Wish him well, but Pace is smart to not keep him for $15 million dollars this season!!
    I like Pace, but thought his Glennon acquisition was a dumb move!!

  19. I don’t think you people get how QB contracts work. Glennon didn’t get that money because he was Mike Glennon. He got that money because Stafford’s making just about $27 million a year. That means that every QB contract below that number is going to shoot up from what it was before.

    And having a handful of starts WILL jack up the price of the contract. 18 games is more than any rookie you’ll draft and most of the guys in free agency you’ll sign. Glennon didn’t have a great record, as we know, in Tampa or in Chicago, but neither of those places were exactly the cream of the crop when it came to offensive capability at the time either. We all know Glennon is not the franchise QB that most teams hope to draft. But, that said, Chicago never planned to use him as such. They figured they use him as a bridge until Trubisky was ready, which actually is not that bad a plan. Now, they utterly screwed up how to actually run an offense and picked a terrible coach for developing a QB, but the plan on how to use Glennon is not as bad as many have made it seem.

    Chicago lost games with Trubisky just as it did with Glennon. Glennon will get another contract somewhere else, because while he’s not a great QB, he’s not that bad either and most teams know Chicago has plenty of problems on the offensive end anyway. And 3 years for $45 million in today’s NFL for a starting QB is, unfortunately, not too surprising. Learn to deal with it, guys, because it’s only going to get worse.

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