With the start of the NFL 2017 free agency period only hours away, it appears that the Chicago Bears have found their potential replacement for Jay Cutler. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Bears are expected to offer Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon a three-year contract that would give him an average of $14.5 million per season. Rapoport also mentioned that Chicago still has intentions of selecting a quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft.
After hearing this news, it should be safe to say that the Windy City has seen the last of Cutler. This also puts to rest any notion of Tony Romo, who is expected to be released by the Dallas Cowboys, becoming the Bears’ new starting quarterback. However, still adding a quarterback of the future is definitely in play.
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Bears backup quarterback Brian Hoyer is expected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, which will leave Matt Barkley and David Fales on the roster, who are both free agents. With the window open for drafting a quarterback this spring, the question remains if general manager Ryan Pace will use Chicago’s third overall pick to select either Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, or DeShone Kizer, or wait until the second round to pick Patrick Mahomes II.
Either way, the Bears will have to find a way to get stability beyond Glennon on the depth chart. Hopefully, Glennon will be good enough to keep the boat afloat while Chicago’s potential rookie quarterback is learning the ropes. Throughout his four seasons in the league, the soon-to-be former Buccaneer has started 18 games, and has thrown 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Obviously, his stat line was impressive enough to persuade the Bears’ management to lure Glennon to Chicago. But, will landing Glennon do the same for wide receiver Alshon Jeffery? Having a new arm under center could be a great thing, but it will take that, and a very generous contract to keep Jeffery in a Bears uniform.