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Pros and cons of the Chicago Bears potentially signing QB Mike Glennon

Breaking down the positives and negatives of the Chicago Bears investing in free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon.

The Chicago Bears are reportedly targeting QB Mike Glennon in free agency, and it appears Chicago is Glennon's first choice to play. 

If the report is true, then the Bears will likely be hosting a press conference to announce the acquisition of Glennon on either Friday or Saturday this week. 

As has been widely reported, the Bears and Jay Cutler will soon part ways, yet are the Bears in better hands with Glennon under center? 

Let's break it down.

Cons

-Has not started an NFL contest since 2014.
-Directed the Buccaneers to a 4-9 record in 13 starts his rookie season, and holds a 5-13 career win-loss record.
-Will reportedly cost up to $15 million per season, which is substantial for a quarterback with just 18 career starts.
-Pure pocket passer who lacks speed, mobility and elusiveness. 
-Struggles with accuracy at times.

Pros

-Has elite size at 6-6, 225. 
-Has NFL-level arm strength and can make every throw to any point on the field.
-At 27-years-old, he's just entering his prime. 
-Has a 2-to-1 career TD-to-INT ratio (30-to-15), with a 59.4 completion percentage. 
-In only 3 of his 18 career starts has he thrown two interceptions, and never more than two. 

Analysis

The Bears have the third overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and there is no surefire quarterback in this year's class worth such a lofty pick. In addition, the two teams ahead of the Bears, the Browns and 49ers, also need quarterback help. That could leave the Bears in an unenviable situation of being forced to take the "leftover" QB. 

With Glennon, the pressure would be off GM Ryan Pace to invest the No. 3 pick in a quarterback who will not be the best player available. Glennon will allow Pace to wait until the second or third round, or until the 2018 NFL Draft, to select the team's long-term quarterback of the future. 

Glennon is only 27, so his best days may still lay ahead of him. He might be the club's franchise passer, which would free up the Bears to address other positions of need. 

In Tampa Bay, Glennon did nothing to lose his starting job. He started for a horrid Buccaneers team his first year, which is the worst situation in which a team can thrust a rookie quarterback. He was then inexplicably passed over for Josh McCown without ever getting a proper shot to earn the starting gig, and has been forced to sit behind Jameis Winston the past two seasons. 

Glennon has played well when on the field, yet the Buccaneers, despite having invested a third-round pick in him, appeared hell-bent on relegating Glennon to a backup role. 

So with Glennon, we have a young, experienced, tall, strong-armed passer who limits turnovers. He's not the sexiest addition but in reality, what's not to like? 

Glennon's price tag of $10 million-$15 million is slightly out of control but that's what starting NFL quarterbacks cost. Glennon would just be taking the money the Bears will save by cutting Cutler, and it's likely his guaranteed money will be minimal beyond the first two years of the deal. 

An ideal scenario might be to sign Glennon, then invest a second-round or third-round pick in Patrick Mahomes or Davis Webb. If Glennon works out, the rookie can be used as trade bait. If Glennon falters, then the kid takes over. 

It never hurts to have multiple young options at the most important position on the field. 

The fact is, bona fide franchise quarterbacks almost never hit free agency. As a result there is inherent risk involved in signing any veteran passer, especially this off-season. But with Glennon, the Bears also get plenty of upside, while creating additional flexibility in the draft. 

If Pace limits the guaranteed money in the contract, then signing Glennon is a no-brainer. 


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