Chicago Bears’ Akiem Hicks answered a question about Colin Kaepernick with a shot at the signing of former Bears quarterback Mike Glennon in 2017.
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was recently asked about what his thoughts were on the Colin Kaepernick situation and how teams refused to sign him after his protest. In response, he brought up ex-Bear quarterback Mike Glennon.
Glennon played for the Bears during the 2017-2018 season and did not live up to the large contract he was given by Ryan Pace and the Bears’ front office. Not even halfway into the season he was benched for rookie Mitchell Trubisky and was released during the following offseason. The Glennon signing was definitely a miss in free agency.
What the Chicago Bears star defensive end had to say
Hicks was brought in during the same offseason as Glennon, a situation where Kaepernick was also available to be signed. Hicks’ answer to the question was, “We signed Glennon.” Hicks knows that Kaepernick lost his job because of his fearfulness and his passion for change. By kneeling and protesting, Kaepernick was trying to make a difference.
The NFL would not have that, and he has not played since. Hicks is saying that the signing of Mike Glennon contributed to the blackballing of Kaepernick, and did not help the situation. He is using this signing to demonstrate how Kaepernick was treated unfairly by the league. Nobody was willing to give him a shot, and the Bears opted to overpay for a quarterback who was gone by the next season.
Hicks is another vocal leader on this Bears team, as well as for the entire NFL. In light of the recent events and the response by people, Hicks felt it was his responsibility to share why he feels Kaepernick was cheated from his career. Being on the Bears, he felt that signing Mike Glennon was a nail in the coffin for the end of Kaepernick’s time in the NFL.