On day one of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, the Bears wasted no time in making official what had become obvious, they have moved on from last year’s free agent signee QB Mike Glennon and will outright release the veteran signal caller.
Ryan Pace confirms the #Bears will release Mike Glennon once the new league year starts.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) February 28, 2018
Glennon was due $2.5 million in a roster bonus that Chicago had no intention of paying. So ends their brief experiment with Glennon, that began last March with him being signed away from the Bucs last year with $16 million guaranteed in year one.
The Bears went on to trade up and then, draft QB Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick which clearly indicated he would be the QB of the future.
As we wrote earlier this month, now that Glennon will be available, will the Buccaneers be a team interested in him coming back to be Jameis Winston’s backup? Winston never missed a game in 2015 and 16 with Glennon behind him, but ended up missing parts of or the entirety of five different games last year due to a shoulder injury.
The Bucs used 35 year old veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as Winston’s backup in 2017 going 2-1 as a starter replacing Winston. Fitzpatrick is a unrestricted free agent, again, coming up in March.
We also know that with head coach Dirk Koetter and his same offensive system remaining in tact, that it would be easy to slide Glennon back in the reserve role and have confidence that he could succeed to a degree, if needed.
Now, we will find out if there are other suitors for him, almost assuredly, as a backup only, once free agency begins.
It also wouldn’t surprise us, if Glennon only takes a one year deal with another club to wait for the chance to play and perform well during the upcoming season and then be a free agent again.
Stay tuned on that.
For now, let’s see how quickly any talks with the Bucs former third round pick in 2013 intensify or not later in March, as free agency unfolds.
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