In Search of Greener Pastures
In the past few days, reports have swirled around the name Mike Glennon. Recently, it was brought to light how the Buccaneers had offered the NC State product a contract which would have made him the highest paid back up in the league, beating out Philadelphia’s Chase Daniel. But, with him expected to command a salary of anywhere between 12 and 15 million dollars annually, it’s no surprise that he’s opting to test the market.
The most likely landing destinations for Glennon discussed so far have been Chicago and the Jets. However, there’s the matter of two guys named Jimmy Garropolo and Tyrod Taylor. If the Bears are able to swing a trade for Jimmy G, as has been reported to be of great interest to them, that would give the Jets leverage of being one of the most attractive destinations for a QB hoping to start, and two qualified passers to choose from. The odd man out in Gotham might just find himself coming down the aisle for the Cleveland Browns next season (oh no!).
Let’s take a closer look at Chicago: Reports have surfaced suggesting that Glennon’s preferred landing spot is with the Bears, where the roster is still looking to rebuild from the ashes of the Jay Cutler ear. There, Glennon would have the opportunity to work with an offensive mastermind in John Fox, and by the way the stars seem to be aligning right now, possibly Alshon Jeffrey. But, it’s also no secret the Bears would love to get their hands on Jimmy G.
Nothing short of a first-round pick is expected to pry the Eastern Illinois product away from the clutches of Bill Belichick. Which is exactly why Glennon shouldn’t wait for a Brock Osweiler type pay-day. The closer we get to draft day and the longer the Bears are left without an answer under center, the more likely they are to possibly panic and send a king’s ransom to Foxborough for the stud-back up. AJ McCarron (Bengals) is also a possibility, though not as likely.
Then there’s the Jets. Gang-green is in the middle of what is for all intents and purposes a re-build, despite the denial of such an idea by head coach Todd Bowels. With Fitz-Magic being extinguished in the Big Apple and Geno Smith being a complete afterthought of the forgotten Rex Ryan years, the Jets are down to two passers under contract. There’s Bryce Petty, who showed limited starting ability though with brief flashes of brilliance, and Christian Hackenberg, who might still be grasping the idea of his locker combo, never mind an NFL playbook.
Glennon would be an instant upgrade over either of those options, but the cost is what should make them hesitate. The Jets would have to shell out a good deal more guaranteed money to convince him to turn down a deal in Chicago (assuming the Jimmy G deal doesn’t go through), and they could use that money to fill any other number of holes on both sides of the ball. Then again, if they believe Glennon could really be ‘the guy’, any price shouldn’t be too steep. However, I’m just not sure they, or anyone, could believe that.
Both teams should be weary about throwing too much money at above-average backups anyway. Though there's always pressure on coaches and front offices to get a solution now, they shouldn't under-estimate their ability to bridge their organizations into a time when more qualified signal callers might be available, either through the draft or free agency. College quarterbacks such as USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen are expected to be quality options next April, and hey, there's sure to be Sam Bradford!
We should have a better idea of where Jameis Winston’s former back up is heading in the next few days. The Bills still need to decide what to do with Tyrod Taylor, and then there’s Tony Romo. If Taylor stays put in Buffalo, Glennon shouldn’t have any trouble fetching big money. However, if Taylor hits the market, he would almost certainly top Glennon on any GM’s list.
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