On the same day they reached a deal with QB Sam Bradford, the Cardinals also reportedly agreed on a contract with QB Mike Glennon. The very short-term starter in Chicago will be released once the 2018 league year begins Wednesday afternoon and then move to the desert to back up Bradford. The latter, of course, isn't a good bet to make it through the season healthy. Arizona also remains a strong candidate to draft a QB early this spring.
Bears QB Mike Glennon rebounded statistically in Saturday's 2nd preseason game, including a TD pass to WR Kendall Wright late in the 2nd quarter. But that followed a drive-killing, 1st-quarter INT in the red zone and another pass that should have been picked. Glennon finished 13-of-18 for 80 yards -- better than his 2-of-9 1st outing. Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky, meanwhile, again followed #2 QB Mark Sanchez into the game. Trubisky completed 6 of 8 passes for 60 yards and a TD to Benny Cunningham. Trubisky also avoided an INT on a ball that should have been picked. We'll see if anything changes with the QB order in the "dress rehearsal" 3rd preseason game, but Chicago looks like it'll head into the year with a shaky Glennon under center.
The Bears' plan is to start QB Mike Glennon all season, according to insider Rich Campbell. It makes sense, at least in theory. Chicago is paying Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed, while rookie Mitchell Trubisky enters the league after making just 13 college starts. Campbell also insinuated that the 1st-rounder struggled in spring practices. Of course, the calls for the rook will be loud if Glennon struggles at all. We're still betting on Trubisky making starts this year, but he's not worth a roster spot in redraft leagues. (Neither is Glennon, outside of 2-QB leagues.)
Bears GM Ryan Pace did the obligatory on Friday, calling veteran QB Mike Glennon his team's starter. "Mitch is here to develop," Pace said of the man he traded up a spot in Thursday night's 1st round to secure. We buy this more than the Texans saying Tom Savage will start in 2017. Glennon has at least had some NFL success and will make $16 million this year. Trubisky is clearly Chicago's future, though, and we'd still bet on him making starts at some point this season.
USA Today reports that the Bears have agreed to a 3-year deal with former Bucs QB Mike Glennon, worth $14.5 million per year. Glennon started 18 games over his 1st 2 years with Tampa Bay, including 13 games as a rookie. He tossed 29 TDs vs. 15 INTs over those 2 seasons. But then the Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston 1st overall in 2015 and rendered Glennon no more than a backup. The money obviously casts Glennon as Chicago's starter for the foreseeable future. Moving from the Jay Cutler-Brian Hoyer-Matt Barkley combo of last year to Glennon doesn't look like a significant upgrade for Bears pass-catchers, though stabilizing the position can't hurt. The Bears are now expected to release Cutler, who will make for an interesting free agent.