For whatever reason, there is a ton of vitriol for Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon as he heads towards free agency and a likely signing with the Chicago Bears. It may stem from the amount of money heâs expected to be given, because that vitriol got cranked up again on Thursday morning with a report of an impending contract with Chicago.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bears are expected to give Glennon a three-year deal that will average $14.5 million per year when free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET Thursday.
When you say âfourteen and a half million per yearâ out loud, itâs easy to think thatâs a lot of money, especially for a guy with limited starting experience. People have been.
There is also a very lazy comparison to Brock Osweiler -- guy who is really tall and has limited starting experience and got paid in free agency -- when it comes to assessing Glennon. Osweiler hasnât worked out well for the Texans (to put it nicely) and people are assuming the same for Glennon. Heâs a substantially better quarterback, but whateverâs easy, sure, go for it guys.
Anyway, the Glennon deal isnât even that crazy. Cruise over to Spotrac.com, where they helpfully already have Glennon slotted in at $14.5 million per year in the average value rankings for quarterbacks, and the contract just makes sense. Heâs behind just about every single starting quarterback out there, while being above all the guys on rookie deals and also above guys like Robert Griffin III and Chase Daniel, who, you know, arenât starters.
The Bears probably arenât committing $43.5 million to Glennon in fully guaranteed money, because NFL contracts rarely work that way. And they can draft and develop a guy without having to throw an unproven rookie into the fire.
But donât try and talk sense to anyone when it comes to the unknown. Everyone is too busy making fun of the decision.
Just out of curiosity: In what football world is Mike Glennon better than Jay Cutler? Help, please?— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) March 8, 2017
If the Bears are flirting with Mike Glennon to make us jealous and take back Jay Cutler, well guess what…— Adam Rank (@adamrank) March 7, 2017
It’s totally working!
Bears fans are also taking this in stride and in no way comparing Glennon to Osweiler.
Every time my ESPN app goes off... I get that much more scared it's going to read "Bears sign Mike Glennon" ð©— Adrian Rodriguezâ¢ (@AyedrianJuan) March 9, 2017
I just can't imagine paying even $6M for Glennon. Did people not watch Osweiler and the Texans last year?! Sheer lunacy.— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) March 7, 2017
Mike Glennon didn't just sign for 3 years for $43.5 million, did he? Seriously, is this Earth? Did the Osweiler signing not teach anything?!— sherwood (@sportswagers3) March 9, 2017
Mike Glennon is the Osweiler 2.0.— Cory (@CoryJones209) March 9, 2017
Again, itâs kind of lazy. Theyâre both tall. They both hit free agency. Glennon isnât going to hamstring the Bears with this deal and heâs a better quarterback.
Time will tell and itâs an unpopular opinion right now, but Mike Glennon for less than $45 million isnât a bad deal.