Chicago Bears Lose out on Big Fish in Free Agency

The Chicago Bears are releasing veteran quarterback Jay Cutler, and are signing free agent quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million deal that includes $19 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Tampa Bay drafted Glennon in the third round in 2013 and gave him 13 starts as a rookie, but replaced him as starting quarterback with No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston past year. At just 27 years old, Glennon is just entering his prime, and with proper coaching, he could improve dramatically.

Jay Cutler ended his career in Chicago with a win-loss record of 51-51. Glennon, as it stands, will enter the 2017 season as the Bears' starting quarterback. Just going by annual averages, $15 million per year comes in at less than what other teams are paying starting quarterbacks with limited upside.

Chicago did sign safety Quintin Demps, who had six interceptions for Houston last season, but he's 32 and won't be behind the Texans' top-tier pass rush.

He's thrown for 32,467 yards, with 208 touchdowns and 146 interceptions. The annual average value of Glennon's deal places him behind almost every starting QB in football who's on a second contract. Tyrod Taylor and Brian Hoyer were snatched up Wednesday, as Taylor restructured his contract to remain in Buffalo and Hoyer agreed in principle on a two-year deal with the 49ers.

Glennon went out for dinner Thursday night with Bears coach John Fox and quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone and met with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains Friday at Halas Hall. Instead of outspending teams or giving guys extra money to play for the Bears, he stayed with what he believed they were worth and didn't offer a penny more.

After the Bucs' designated starter in 2013, Josh Freeman, melted down and soon got cut, the green string-bean Glennon (he's a shade over 6-foot-7 and weighed 225 then) started Tampa Bay's final 13 games. He turns 34 in April, and played in just five games last season.

I hope I'm proved wrong, but I don't think Glennon is the long-term answer at quarterback. Getting paid millions to play quarterback is nice, but getting harassed in the NY media market while quarterbacking a rebuilding team doesn't sound like that appetizing of an opportunity. He's unproven, and the film he's produced in his four seasons in the league hasn't been overwhelming. Glennon started only five games that year, completing 57.6 percent of his passes while throwing 10 touchdowns and six picks.

  • Julie Sanders