Mike Glennon: 5 things to know

The Bears were expected to sign Mike Glennon as their new franchise quarterback Thursday afternoon. The casual Bears fan probably knows Glennon is 6-foot-6, played for former Bears coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay and once backed up Russell Wilson at N.C. State, but here are five other things to know.

His brother also played quarterback

Sean Glennon, who's four years older, preceded Mike in the ACC when he committed to Virginia Tech. The Vikings invited Sean to camp as an undrafted free agent in 2009 but released him when Brett Favre came out of retirement.

Mobility-wise, Mike Glennon is no Aaron Rodgers

Before the 2013 draft, Jay Gruden showed a video clip of Glennon getting stuffed on a read-option play in college. "I don't think this is your cup of tea, brother," Gruden said. "No, it's not," Glennon said. "So we call this a lot, and this is literally the only time in my career where I kept the ball." He had minus-280 rushing yards (skewed because of sacks) in his four-year college career and has averaged 2.3 yards per rush as a pro.

Money-wise, he may be slightly ahead of Rodgers this year

ESPN Wisconsin Radio asked Rodgers whether Glennon's deal, reportedly $14.5 million per year, causes him to re-evaluate his own contract with the Packers, which will pay him up to $13.65 million in 2017. Rodgers replied: "I think it has to (laughs). I think it has to. (laughs) I don't think I need to expand on that."

But former NFL QB Sage Rosenfels tweeted, "If Brock Osweiler is being paid $18.5 Million a year, then Mike Glennon is worth $25 Million per."

He has been called the Ginger Giraffe and Napoleon Dynamite

Wife Jessica Wetherill Glennon posted an Instagram picture of her husband dressed as Napoleon Dynamite, complete with a "Vote For Pedro" T-shirt, for Halloween. Former Buccaneers teammate Darrelle Revis joked to Glennon that he should've worn the shirt at a news conference. One website sells "Vote For Glennon" T-shirts.

Glennon once announced his own benching

In an unusual and awkward moment, Glennon broke the news that fellow Bucs QB Josh McCown would replace him as a starter on his radio show. This came after brother Sean fired off an angry tweet about losing respect for Smith as coach.

Smith told reporters he had no regrets about how the news came out. "Feel bad for Mike that way? I'm not into feeling bad for anybody. We're trying to win football games."

Photos of free agent quarterback Mike Glennon.

Bears' reported signing of Mike Glennon doesn't bode well for Chicago

Bears fans, here are the positives about the franchise reportedly reaching a contract agreement Thursday with Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon.

1. The Buccaneers really liked Glennon and, according to the Tampa Bay Times, were offering a deal that would have made him the NFL’s highest-paid backup at an $8 million per-year average if he re-signed. “He’s got a strong arm and he looked damn good in practice,” one team source told Sporting News.

2. Glennon isn’t Jay Cutler.

Sorry. That’s all I’ve got.

History — both Glennon’s and that of second-stringers groomed by their own clubs and then tabbed as starters elsewhere — doesn’t bode well for the Bears with this move.

Eleven seasons and counting have passed since a backup with no prior experience went to another team and led it into the Super Bowl. Seattle knows that all too well after Matt Flynn didn’t transform into another Matt Hasselbeck after arriving in 2012 from Green Bay.

Excluding Chicago, only nine of the NFL’s other 32 teams have first-string quarterbacks they didn’t draft. Four of them –— Arizona (Carson Palmer), Minnesota (Sam Bradford), Kansas City (Alex Smith) and New Orleans (Drew Brees) — field quarterbacks who were established starters for at least part of the previous season with their prior team.

That leaves Cleveland, Houston, San Francisco, Buffalo and the Jets. The Texans were the only one that reached the playoffs last season, and they’re already looking to replace Brock Osweiler after a horrendous first season following four years sitting behind Peyton Manning.

Glennon will arrive in Chicago with an even less-impressive resume than Osweiler, who at least had his moments during a seven-game starting stretch in 2015.

Glennon was thrust into Tampa Bay’s starting lineup as a 2013 third-round draft pick after Josh Freeman’s off-field implosion. Despite throwing 19 touchdowns with nine interceptions, Glennon went 4-9, and coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik were fired.

Schiano’s replacement Lovie Smith wasn’t particularly impressed with Glennon, even though the Bucs proceeded to decline trade offers for him. Smith and new GM Jason Licht signed journeyman Josh McCown and immediately designated him as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback without even staging an open competition for the job.

Glennon did start five games in 2014, but was benched after the Bucs posted a 1-4 record. Nothing that Glennon showed Smith or Licht during Tampa Bay’s 2-14 campaign deterred the Bucs from making Jameis Winston the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft. Glennon then sat behind Winston for two full seasons, with the lone exception of mop-up duty in a 2016 blowout loss to Atlanta.

For this, ESPN reports that Glennon is set to ink a three-year, $43.5 million contract that includes $19 million guaranteed.

With a move like this, should anyone be surprised the Bears have two straight seasons of double-digit losses since John Fox and Ryan Pace were hired as head coach and general manager? That not-so-dynamic duo has bungled the quarterback position from the start.

Fox got lucky in his first season in Chicago because Adam Gase was his offensive coordinator. Fresh off working with Manning in Denver, Gase helped rejuvenate Cutler, who was far less responsible for Chicago’s 6-10 record than the Bears' leaky defense. He finished with a career-high 92.3 quarterback rating and committed eight fewer turnovers than the previous season. Plus, Cutler began earning the trust of his teammates with more enthusiasm and a better demeanor than he displayed in previous seasons.

Unfortunately for the Bears, Gase did too good a job. He left after one year with Cutler to become Miami’s head coach.

Without Gase around, Cutler began to flounder once again, and Fox quickly lost faith after a slow start last year under new coordinator Dowell Loggains. Fox unraveled all the positive work that was done when he refused to say Cutler would regain his starting job after being sidelined an early-season thumb injury. Cutler ultimately returned to start three late-season games after being benched, but it was obvious his days in Chi-Town were ending.

To completely blame Fox and Pace for Cutler’s steady Bears decline would be unfair. They were trying to make chicken salad. It was the previous administration that gave Cutler a sweetheart contract, making him unable to get cut for two seasons without massive salary cap implications.

The problem is that Fox and Pace failed to groom a young quarterback who could ultimately take Cutler’s place if things didn’t work out. None was selected in Chicago’s previous two drafts.

This left the Bears desperate enough to give Glennon a bloated contract in a free-agent market once again lacking established talent.

Glennon’s deal will likely be structured in such a fashion that he could be released in 2018 or 2019 without a crippling cap hit if things don’t work out. His arrival also doesn’t preclude the Bears from using the draft’s No. 3 pick or their second-rounder on a developmental prospect, with the thinking Glennon could serve as a bridge until that quarterback is ready to play.

But it looks like Fox and Pace are coming to the end of the road unless Glennon can buck past precedent and make a quick impact on a team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2010.


Mike Glennon getting 3-year deal with Chicago Bears

The marriage between Mike Glennon and the Chicago Bears has been sealed.

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is joining the Bears on a three-year deal that includes $18.5 million in guarantees, sources informed of the deal told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport reported he expects the Bears to still select a quarterback as well, making Glennon a bridge quarterback in an ideal world.

As a result, the Bears have parted ways with Jay Cutler, the team announced Thursday.

As we've said before, this is potentially a good deal for the Bears. They are not getting trapped into a lengthy contract and have the 23rd highest average per year money devoted to their starting quarterback. While Brian Hoyer devotees will suggest that he, or a similar veteran quarterback, could have been a cheaper option as a bridge starter, think of the extra money going to upside. Glennon is just 27 years old and has a season's worth of starts under his belt already. In 18 career games, he has thrown for 4,100 yards, 30 touchdowns and 15 picks at a 60 percent clip.

This contract has been subject to much speculation and hysteria this offseason, but the truth is that $14.5 million is what the market dictates. Former Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler is averaging $18 million per season on his four-year, $72 million deal under similar circumstances. Should the production on the field be similar, the Bears got off easy.

Glennon enters a situation where he can succeed. The Bears' offensive line is building toward one of the stronger units in football and their rookie star running back Jordan Howard is one of the more exciting players to pair with out of the gate. This offseason finds Chicago with deep pockets in free agency and enough time to get Glennon a few receivers who can make his life easier. For now, there is reason for the most cautious type of optimism.

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