Glennon Looking Over His Shoulder

August 24th, 2017

Doomed in Windy City?

We’ve all seen this movie before.

A really good guy, a well-liked lad in the locker room, appears to have a starting job locked up until his team drafts a quarterback really high in the draft. Then, really good guy, well-liked lad in the locker room, loses his starting job before the season begins.

That’s the Groundhog’s Day flick former Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon finds himself stuck in on a continuous loop.

After leaving the Bucs in the offseason as a free agent and signing a contract with the Bears for some $18 million guaranteed, it’s still August and already Glennon hears the footsteps of a rookie.

The Bears traded up in the first round and drafted Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick. Glennon has had a dicey preseason (to be polite) whereas Trubisky has shown enough in preseason games that Wednesday, Trubisky was working with the Bears’ first-team offense.

Glennon, per Marc Sessler of, can see the ghost of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, in the mirror.

Bears brass harped all offseason about Trubisky being tucked away during a red-shirt year — and then the games began, blowing up those safe springtime dreams.

While Glennon has struggled mightily, Trubisky has operated as one of the league’s surprise stories, completing 18 of 25 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown in Chicago’s preseason opener against the Broncos. He returned to earth against Arizona on Saturday, but still showed good vision and movement for a first-year signal-caller.

Apparently, when someone with the pen and mic club in Chicago asked Glennon about Tribusky practicing with the “ones,” Glennon said he senses “deja vu.”

Joe feels for Glennon, who is a really good dude. But Joe’s sympathy only goes so far when he remembers that Glennon could earn over $15 million this season to potentially wear a baseball cap and hold a clipboard while watching games.

Joe understands the cost of living in Chicago is insane for the Midwest, but hopefully, Glennon will have sufficient funds left over after his stay in Chicago to have a pretty nice nest egg.

And if the Bears cut him after this season, Glennon, who is not yet 28, will find another job in the NFL. Hey, it seems the Jags are looking for a quarterback.

23 Responses to “Glennon Looking Over His Shoulder”

  1. webster Says:


    The reports were 8 mil (highest paid backup). The bucs were not going to pay glennon 11 -12 mil for him to stay. Stop it.

  2. Joe Says:

    Stop what? Where exactly did Joe type Bucs should have kept him?

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    Including signing bonus – Glennon makes $16M this year and has $2.5M more guaranteed. Bears can and probably will cut him next year – pay him the 2.5 and take a $4.5M dead cap hit to save $11.5M.

    Fitz is here on a 1 year deal for $3M.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see MG8 wearing Red and Pewter again at some point. Perhaps as early as next year. Unless there’s another foolish team out there desperate enough to pay Glennon something close to starting QB $ that is – which wouldn’t surprise me.

    The NFL is very much a “Have” and “Have Not” league. Teams either have a franchise QB or are desperately grasping at straws trying to uncover one.

    Glennon is not and never will be a franchise QB. He can have success with a very good surrounding cast I believe but the teams that are searching for a QB are for the most part not very good teams. Glennon had little to no chance to succeed in Chicago considering the lack of talent on their roster as a whole.

  4. Buc89 Says:

    Webster what are you talking about??

  5. German Buc Says:

    Guess he knew this would come since draft day… On the other hand, $18.5M is a nice compensation for any mental pain and suffering.

  6. K2 Says:

    I think Griffin is the bucs choice over Glennon.

  7. Bird Says:

    Yah. Those numbers are accurate. He got a filthy high number. Somewhere around 15 mil.

    Yup. Bucs can bring him back. Unfortunately, He won’t have opportunity to be qb1 again. And Jags wouldn t touch him with 10 foot pole with coughlin in power. Unless a team had bad injuries at that position I think he will be a career back up which isn’t bad by any means .

    His light at end of tunnel is the size of a flickering flash light and looks like it just went out.

    Was still kinda hoping to face him week 2. Maybe he starts season but a few mistakes and that fan base will want his head.

    Definitely Could see bucs bringing him back next year for much less than 7 mil they offered to be back up.

  8. Dreambig Says:

    Why would you bring glennon back when he is proving once and for all that he can’t play? The last few years here Glennon did not play any better in the preseason for us that he has for the Bears. Last preseason Griffin out played him. It’s too bad Griffin got hurt I would’ve like to see the competition between him and fitz play out.

  9. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    This is a prime example why America is the greatest country in the world, and you can do anything you want and make as much money as you want, good for glennon and his future, so he is not a starting NFL quarterback he is getting paid like one this year and will make a few million a year holding a clipboard in the future or he can go north for thousands and start in the CFL and if kapernick really wanted to play he could do the same

  10. JabooBuc Says:

    This guy is and was always a career backup. The fact that he did enough to fool an NFL team, albeit the Bears, into paying him starter money for a year is a credit to him. The great news for him is that he will likely have a very long successful career as a backup making a great living while probably living a long and healthy life.

  11. BurgDweller Says:

    Getting $18 mil guaranteed…..I don’t think Glennon is crying himself to sleep at night.

  12. BoJim Says:

    German Buc Says:
    August 24th, 2017 at 3:12 am
    Guess he knew this would come since draft day… On the other hand, $18.5M is a nice compensation for any mental pain and suffering.

    Love to see him do well. Never had a real chance here and now Chicago. But I do agree, 18 million? Would work for me.

  13. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    atleast MG8 got paid for all them years of riding the pine for sleepy Freeman, McClown, and Jaboo.

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    Glennon is a heartless joke no one should be surprised he failed. he learned from the biggest fraud in nfl history bad character Lovie Smith how to take the money and lay down like a cheap crack skank

  15. Capt.Tim Says:

    This is the the NFL player mentality
    You play hard, and take risk-and hope you get a second contract
    Which is ussually very good money.
    Then, you are set for life. Alot of players dont play as hard after that. They got paid- now they just want to stay healthy.

    Glennon stayed around long enough to fool somebody. He was terrible last preseason!!
    But the Bears convinced themselves he was something hes not.
    Score! If he can get another gig, cool. If not- mission accomplished!

    And I doubt you will ever see Glennon in Red and Pewter again.
    He went to Chicago, and showed his lack of talent.
    It would make Tampa look stupid,to resign a lousy QB.

    Better to keep the very cheap Sefo, and hope he can summon talent from his Uncle- Jack Thompson! Our very own Throawing Soamoan!
    On second though- Meybe Sefo has some talent of his own, Til Griffen recovers and leapfrogs Fitz and Sefo.

  16. stpetebucsfan Says:


    At last we can debate something…a little bit. I tend to lean with K2 and think Griffin is going to be as competent as MG8 as our backup going forward.

    I have a sneaking suspicion that the Bucs draft a QB next year to develop. There is a pretty good crop of “potential” QB’s beyond the top 3 or 4 that we obviously would not spend draft capital. Don’t know how high of a choice we’d gamble but I doubt it would be in the first three…and if Griffin turns out to be the real deal we probably won’t draft one.

  17. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    He will wind up as a backup somewhere, and end up banking $20+ million over his career with minimal wear and tear on his body (and brain).

    I’m playing the smallest violin in the world for poor ol’ Glennon.

  18. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “tmaxcon Says:
    August 24th, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Glennon is a heartless joke no one should be surprised he failed. he learned from the biggest fraud in nfl history bad character Lovie Smith how to take the money and lay down like a cheap crack skank”

    Man, this place is for everyone’s opinion. But, whether you are talking about GMC or others you don’t care for, you show such vitriol and venom. Like, about 20 paces past “passionate”. Are you really that seething over people you have never met and will never know?

    Or is this just the place where you let out all of your anger? You might want to check out cannabis. It’s relaxing.

  19. NFLNut Says:

    I have a feeling a lot of NFL QB’s would rather get paid $18mil to be a non-playing backup than an actual starter … a lot of guys don’t “love” the game, they’re just good at it, and a lot have wives and families who hope they don’t actually play and just earn that check … football is like any other “job” to many players … I’m thankful it’s not like that to Jameis, Evans and Kwon!

  20. Pick6 Says:

    he will likely be cut from the bears next offseason, and he is all but certain to get 8 figures from another team. it’s too bad that he is now on the kyle orton\ryan fitzpatrick path as a guy who will never again be a clear cut long term #1 and who teams will sign in hopes that some younger QB outplays him. Still Orton and Fitz have had extremely long careers by NFL standards and made exceptional money by anybody’s standards

  21. DB55 Says:

    787million, now that’s a nest egg. That’s the GDP of Guam.

  22. Rod Munch Says:

    I watched the condensed Bears game on NFL Gamepass, which again is awesome, and Glennon looked mostly fine. Lots of short passes, by design, but he looks poised and like an NFL QB. If the Bears want to dump him I have an idea – they take on like 2/3rd of his contract cost and the Bucs give them a conditional 7th rounder. It’s a win-win, the Bucs get Glennon as their backup and the Bears can play their rookie.

  23. Owlykat Says:

    The Bucs should never take Albatross Glennon back even if he offers to play for free. If we take him back you can kiss our season goodbye should Jameis go down. Glennon is a perineal loser as a QB. It didn’t take the Bears long to figure that out, which explains why they sold a bunch of draft picks to move up and take Trubisky, who already has easily beaten out Glennon.