It has been more than five weeks since Mike Glennon signed with the Bears to be their new starting quarterback. And the team’s offseason program set to begin Tuesday, Glennon is eager to get his playbook and move forward.
“It’s been a lot going on in a month, but it’s exciting stuff,” Glennon said Friday. “It’s what I’ve been working for and now, finally, I get to get it started.”
Since the Bears introduced him at a press conference on March 10 on the heels of his new three-year, $45 million deal, he hasn’t been able to do anything at the team’s facility because of the offseason dead period established by the collective bargaining agreement.
He did, however, spend four sessions at Deerfield High School throwing to some of his new teammates. Glennon named Cameron Meredith and free-agent signee Markus Wheaton as players who attended, noting they were healthy enough to do so. They threw standard routes common to any NFL system.
“There was a handful of guys that we got together, and then we went to a Bulls game,” Glennon said. “It was a good time to meet everybody, start developing some chemistry on and off the field.
“The introductions are over with. I know them all, I know them a little personally, and then just a little bit of chemistry. It’s not a whole lot but at least we got familiar with each other a bit on the field as well.”
Glennon has also been able to handle some off-the-field elements of his move to the Bears. He and his wife, Jessica, bought a home in the northern suburbs, to which they plan to move in next week.
Shortly after that, on April 27, the Bears will enter the draft with the possibility of selecting a quarterback. Glennon said he plans to watch as a casual fan would, having no knowledge of the Bears’ plans.
“But that’s not really a concern of mine right now,” he said. “I’m just focusing on getting started.”
League rules have prohibited Glennon from acquiring a playbook to this point, and he’s eager to get his hands on it when players report for the first phase of the voluntary strength and conditioning program Tuesday. For the first two weeks, players have meetings and do strength and conditioning work. After that, the footballs can come out.