It’s only a matter of time before the Chicago Bears cut ties with quarterback Mike Glennon.
While meeting with the assembled media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, GM Ryan Pace confirmed the Bears will release Glennon this offseason. Pace said there is a “mechanism” in Glennon’s contract that states the team cannot release Glennon until the start of the new league year, which begins on March 14. That would explain why the team hasn’t parted ways with Glennon just yet.
Whenever the team officially releases Glennon, it will create $11.5 million in cap savings with a dead money hit of $4.5 million.
Glennon completed 66.4 percent of his passes and threw for 833 yards in four games, but tossed more interceptions (5) than touchdowns (4). He also owned a 76.9 passer rating, a woeful 25.4 QBR, and a 71.7 grade from Pro Football Focus. The Bears went 1-3 when Glennon started, but his turnover woes led to his benching in Week 5 and pushed Mitch Trubisky into a starting role as a rookie.
It will now be Trubisky’s team moving forward, but this move does officially put the Bears in the market for a backup quarterback.
The Bears signed Glennon to a three-year deal worth $45 million in March 2017, but the deal amounted to nothing more than an expensive one-year “prove it” deal. Glennon hadn’t started a game since 2014 when the Bears handed over that whopping deal, but the team was hopeful it could squeeze some competent production from the quarterback in a possible attempt to deal him at some point. It never came to fruition as five interceptions and five fumbles quickly sealed his fate.
When it’s all said and done, Glennon will receive $18.5 million in fully guaranteed money for his four-game stint in Chicago. That’s good work if you can get it.