NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport added some fuel to the NFL quarterback speculation Wednesday when he tweeted a short list of teams likely to grab pending free agent QB Mike Glennon that included the New York Jets and Chicago Bears.
Glennon’s rookie contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is about to expire, and while the Bucs are probably happy to go forward with Jameis Winston as its starter for the future, some teams are interested in giving the 27-year-old a chance.
The Jets may not be interested in drafting a quarterback in 2017, for a change, so they might be planning to forge forward with a “bridge” veteran quarterback like Glennon and give young bucks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg more time before deciding to draft a signal-caller in 2018.
They might not need one if someone on the 2017 roster steps up to the challenge. But as Bill Polian speculated today, perhaps New York wouldn’t mind one poor campaign for the sake of drafting someone like USC’s Sam Darnold or UCLA’s Josh Rosen.
The Chicago Bears have a quarterback conundrum of their own, with Jay Cutler long past his prime, Brian Hoyer too old to be a long-term answer and Matt Barkley not impressing many people. It’s hard to say what Glennon might garner on the open market, but according to overthecap.com, Chicago ($51.37 million) has nearly twice as much cap space as the Jets do ($26.28 million).