Chicago Bears fans are a difficult bunch to please. I’ve discovered this firsthand; some of you guys can be a tough crowd – especially on Yahoo! Sports. They rarely agree on anything that their favorite team may do. However, it appears that they are all on board with one thing: Mike Glennon should not be their franchise quarterback.
And they’re completely justified in believing so. Everything about the rumored signing just screams the opposite of what Ryan Pace has done as general manager of the Bears.
Pace has the tendency to sign young, talented free agents that come at a cheap price. Glennon, 27, certainly fits that first criterion. His talent nowhere near matches up to the potential deal he might get this offseason, though.
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Sure, the talent is there – he was solid in his rookie year – but why would the Bears (or any team, for that matter) pay $15 million per year for a quarterback who hasn’t started in a game since 2014? Just two years after drafting Glennon with a third-round pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston. That should speak volumes about what they think about the NC State alum.
The Bears also have a lot of other needs that they need to fill. Cornerback, safety, tight end, offensive tackle and wide receiver are all still big holes on their roster. Signing Glennon would make it tougher for them to fill those needs.
This situation is very similar to that of Brock Osweiler’s situation last offseason. Osweiler only started seven games in a span of four years with the Denver Broncos. The Houston Texans, a team longing for an answer at quarterback, gave up everything but the kitchen sink to sign him in free agency. A year later, they have just as many quarterback issues as they did last year.
I’m a firm believer that, unless a proven starter becomes available through trade, a team should always use the draft to find a long-term solution at quarterback. It’s cheap, it’s effective, and it works more often than signing one in free agency.
Chicago should strongly reconsider signing Glennon if they’ve decided on doing so. It’s too big of a risk for a team as bad as they are to make.
– Jacob Infante is a National Editor for cover32 and also covers the Chicago Bears. What do you think the Bears should do to fix their quarterback problems? Tell him on Twitter @jacobinfante24.