In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Chicago Bears signed quarterback Mike Glennon this past week. The contract they gave him – a three-year, $45 million deal – is pretty massive. So naturally, this causes people to believe that the Bears won’t draft a quarterback in the first round now.
Don’t expect that to be the case.
Glennon’s contract is very team-friendly after the 2017 season ends, as I pointed out in a previous article of mine. The guarantees that the Bears gave him will mostly come in the first year of his contract, so they can cut him later with minimal cap penalty. The contract they gave him basically states that he will be a bridge quarterback while their future quarterback sits a year under him.
The way that the Bears are spending in free agency, it looks like they could be preparing to pick that quarterback early.
Big Landings: Alshon Jeffery lands with Philadelphia Eagles
Making Moves: Cleveland Browns trade for Osweiler and draft picks
More Free Agency News: Tampa Bay Buccaneers add DeSean Jackson to receiving corps
Although they missed out on all of their big name targets outside of Glennon, they’ve been active in free agency. They’ve added safety Quintin Demps and cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper to their weak secondary. They also met with Darius Butler, who can play both cornerback and safety. While these signings don’t take them out of the running to draft Jamal Adams or Malik Hooker, they make it less likely.
Their other needs would require reaching for talent, even more so than picking a quarterback would.
To replace Alshon Jeffery, the Bears have signed veteran wide receivers Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright. While neither of them are on Jeffery’s level, they make the need a little bit less significant. Plus, none of the receivers in this year’s class are worth a top-three pick. The Bears would be much better off picking a wideout on the second or third day of the draft.
Also, it is becoming more likely that Chicago will have their top choice of quarterback available in the first round.
The Browns will probably be selecting Myles Garrett with the first pick in the draft. The 49ers signed former Bears backups Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley in free agency. The former signed a deal worth $6 million per year, but the terms of the latter’s contract are unknown. There are also plenty of trade rumors about San Francisco trading for Kirk Cousins. All of these things don’t add up to their picking a signal-caller in the first round.
Everything that the Bears have done up to this point is leading to the conclusion that they’ll select a quarterback in the first round. While they’re not going to publicly admit that, it seems like that is their plan this April.