The Chicago Bears are moving on from QB Jay Cutler and have agreed to a 3 year, $45 mil contract with Mike Glennon. Glennon was a 3rd round pick back in the 2013 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State who made 13 starts as a rookie. Tampa Bay signed Josh McCown the following offseason, before drafting Jameis Winston in 2015.
During Glennon's one year as the teams QB, his main target was 30 year old Vincent Jackson and Glennon threw 19 touchdowns with 9 interceptions. He completed 56% of his passes, averaging just 200 passing yards per game. With McCown in town, Glennon made 5 starts and also have Mike Evans alongside VJax. He would throw for 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while averaging 236 passing yards per game, completing 57% of his passes.
Glennon would not attempt a single pass during Winston's rookie year and last year, he went 10 for 11 for 175 yards and touchdown in a blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Why the Chicago Bears are throwing all of this money at Glennon is a question on everyone's mind. History has shown that true backup QBs in the NFL rarely, if ever, find success signing a free agent contract with a new team. Jake Delhomme, after signing with the Carolina Panthers in 2003, is the only example I could come up after doing some research on Pro-Football-Reference.com. Most QBs that change uniforms and find success (and not named Peyton Manning/Drew Brees) were traded.
Glennon might not have Alshon Jeffery as his top target and who knows if Kevin White will ever be healthy. That leaves Cameron Meredith as the Bears WR1, coming off a breakout season. Meredith's 888 receiving yards and 66 receptions (97 targets) is even more impressive when you realize he caught passes from Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley last year.
The Chicago Bears have the third pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and could realistically have their choice of any QB that entered the draft. With this signing though, it seems more likely that they are hoping that Myles Garrett or Jonathan Allen falls into their lap. At this point, their best option is to trade this pick to a team that needs a QB.
Teams That Need A QB
- Denver Broncos
- New York Jets
- Cleveland Browns
- San Francisco 49ers
- Houston Texans