While the Chicago Bears have denied that head coach John Fox was kept in the dark about their intentions to trade up in order to select quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Bears quarterback Mike Glennon had no idea about the team’s plans to bring in competition.
Glennon – asked by the Bears higher ups to attend the team’s draft party at Soldier Field during the first round of the draft – learned of the Bears were selecting a quarterback at the same time fans did and the free-agent signee is not happy about it, as he now feels like the Bears have not been up front with him, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Campbell, Glennon “felt as though he had been cheated on,” according to people in the know, according to Campbell. When admiration, affection and support abruptly become rejection, it hurts. And the pain cuts deep.
Glennon signed a three-year, $45-million contract this offseason to be Chicago’s starting quarterback.
Although Bears general manager Ryan Pace announced after drafting Trubisky, that Glennon will remain the starter for the 2017 season, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter signed a deal that contains a potential out in which the Bears could cut ties with Glennon after one season, sticking them with just $4.5 million in dead cap money.
General manager Ryan Pace owes it to the Bears and the fans to examine every option to improve the most important position on the team. And in Trubisky, Pace believes he has found Chicago’s version of Drew Brees.
But, Glennon isn’t upset about the team bringing in competition, the issue is about his relationship with the Bears front office, who have now damaged the trust between the two.
While the Bears made Glennon feel that he was their quarterback of the future, he now feels that he’s on a short leash, so now the Pace and Fox have to convince Glennon that nothing has changed for him and his opportunity, which at this point might be an impossible sell.