The Chicago Bears made some offseason decisions that had fans scratching their heads. First, the Bears signed Mike Glennon – who’s only appeared in 21 games in three seasons – to a 3-year, $45 million deal.
It seemed strange that a team which talked so much about wanting a top-tier quarterback would give starter-like money to a backup.
But then Chicago made another curious move…trading their third and fourth-round picks in this year’s draft, and a 2018 third-rounder, for the right to move up one pick to No. 2. Here, they selected North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky second overall.
Some were shocked that Chicago gave up so much to move up 1 spot, while San Francisco slid down one peg to No. 3. But as CSN Chicago points out, the Bears actually fared better in this deal when considering the numbers.
So there we have it: Mike Glennon is a temporary solution while Trubisky is being groomed. At worst, Glennon will receive $18.5 million to start the 2017-18 season, with the Bears possibly cutting ties if Trubisky is ready for the 2018-19 campaign.
Will Glennon be an Upgrade from Jay Cutler?
One of the biggest free agent departures for Chicago is former QB Jay Cutler, who’s still looking for a team after spending 8 seasons with the Bears. Both sides were ready to part after Cutler had an abysmal season, where he threw for 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and completed 59.1% of his passes in just five games.
One could argue that Cutler could’ve played much better without the injuries and some more offensive talent. After all, he’s thrown for 208 TDs, 146 INTs, and completed 61.1% of his passes in 11 seasons. But then again, there are no guarantees that he’d be better either.
This brings us to Glennon, who played decent whenever given a shot in Tampa Bay. For his career, Glennon has 4,100 passing yards, 30 TD passes, 15 INT’s, and a 59.4% completion rate. The completion percentage could obviously be better, but nobody’s complaining about the 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio.
This is the former NC State product’s first chance to be a full-time starter in the NFL. How will Glennon fare?
At worst, expect Glennon to be on par with what Cutler did in his limited stints. At best, Glennon keeps his 2:1 TD/INT ratio intact and helps Chicago get near .500. Either way, the result is probably a one-year rental at starting QB market value.
When will Trubisky be Uncorked?
Trubisky has made headlines for driving his grandmother’s 1997 Toyota to practice. But the Bears are expecting him to eventually be their Rolls Royce at the QB position. For now, though, the 22-year-old knows that his place is a student first.
“Mike is the starting quarterback and I’m very excited to learn from him and the rest of the veterans on the team,” he said. “And I can’t wait to help the Bears win.”
Considering that Glennon has three years of experience on the rookie, he’ll be a good guy to learn from. But Glennon can’t provide first-hand experience to Trubisky. Instead, this is something that only comes with first team reps and experience in game situations.
Odds are that the UNC man finds his way onto the field at some point – if only in limited capacity. Of course, this will all be up to head coach John Fox, and, in a lesser sense, general manager Ryan Pace.
“That’s going to be something that this organization is embracing,” said Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. “Obviously the two bosses (Pace and Fox) communicate very well with each other, and obviously I’m a part of that.
“Everyone that touches the schedule is a part of that. So we’ve got to be really good at assessing where each guy’s at, and I think that’s the biggest key for us: knowing exactly where each guy is at and figuring out and being flexible with reps.”
Questions Regarding Chicago’s Other Positions
- Can receiver Kevin White be the man with Pro-Bowler Alshon Jeffrey leaving?
- Will free-agent receiver additions Kendall Wright and Dion Sims help out?
- Will the defense generate more than its NFL-low 11 turnovers last season?
2017 Chicago Bears Offseason Notes
2016 record: 3-13, 4th in NFC North
Key Additions: QB Mike Glennon, QB Mitchell Trubisky (draft), CB Prince Amukamara, S Quintin Demps, TE Dion Sims (FA), WR Markus Wheaton, WR Kendall Wright
Significant Losses: DB Tracy Porter, WR Eddie Royal, WR Alshon Jeffery, QB Jay Cutler, QB Brian Hoyer, DL Cornelius Washington
GTBets Chicago Bears Week 1 Line: Chicago +6.5 (-110), Atlanta -6.5 (-110)