The Chicago Bears are reportedly interested in signing QB Mike Glennon once free agency kicks off on Thursday.
The negotiating period began this morning and, according to NFL.com, the Bears and Glennon have mutual interest. In fact, Glennon's first choice is to play in Chicago.
The Bears will move on from Jay Cutler this off-season and, if the report is true, they'll be replacing him with a 27-year-old who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Glennon was a third-round pick of the Bucs in 2013. He has very good size (6-6, 225) and 18 games of starting experience. His career TD-to-INT ratio is 30-15, with a 59.4 completion percentage and 84.6 QB rating.
Glennon started 13 games his rookie season, guiding the Bucs to a 4-9 record. Tampa Bay hired Lovie Smith as head coach the following year and Smith immediately installed Josh McCown as the starter. Glennon started five games that year as an injury replacement for McCown, throwing 10 TDs and 6 INTs.
Glennon has served as Jameis Winston's backup since 2015, throwing just 11 total pass the past two years combined.
The Bucs reportedly were ready to make Glennon the highest paid backup quarterback in the NFL but he's chosen to test the open market, which could turn out very good for him.
His projected annual salary ranges from $7 million to $15 million. The Bears are flush with cap space, so they can afford to bid high for Glennon's services.
Glennon has good NFL experience and he's just entering his prime. He's not a flashy pick but in terms of finding a decent veteran who won't hurt you as a starter, the Bears could do a lot worse.
Signing Glennon will not preclude the Bears from investing a high-round pick on a quarterback in this year's draft, it just means GM Ryan Pace won't be as desperate to reach for one.
The league year begins this Thursday, March 9, at 3 p.m. CT. If the Bears do sign Glennon, it will likely happen shortly after the start of the 2017 NFL season.