Mike Glennon On 49ers’ Radar

The 49ers are still eyeing Kirk Cousins despite the Redskins placing the franchise tag on the sixth-year veteran. But beyond that trade scenario, the team is expected to be among the teams interested in Mike Glennon as a UFA, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports. Although, such a pursuit carries considerable risk with the price anticipated to be close to franchise-QB money.

As teams like the Bears, Jets and possibly 49ers go after Glennon, the fifth-year passer’s price tag is expected to land in the $14-$15MM-per-year range, Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com reports (on Twitter). That would be unpopulated territory within the NFL salary landscape, with the floor for veteran starters being Andy Dalton‘s $16MM-per-year accord. But Glennon represents a unique case, given that he hasn’t started for three years. Thirteen of his 18 starts came as a Buccaneers rookie in 2013.

The Bears are considered the frontrunners for the 26-year-old’s services, while the Jets have been linked to the former third-rounder for a steady stretch now as well. Chicago making this move would be interesting given Jay Cutler‘s now-flexible contract having a 2017 base salary, as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns points out (on Twitter), of $12.5MM. Tampa Bay offered Glennon $8MM per year to stay on as its backup, but it’s clear he’s going to have better options than this.

As for the 49ers, no quarterbacks reside on this roster after Colin Kaepernick made the decision to opt out. The team’s been connected to Cousins, Cutler, Jimmy Garoppolo, Brian Hoyer and Matt Schaub in a complex offseason. Barrows notes a Cousins trade would seemingly need to occur soon to entice free agent pass-catchers or give the 49ers some semblance of offensive identity to show UFAs. But the rebuilding team will likely monitor his situation throughout the offseason, and if the Redskins are unable to sign Cousins to a long-term deal by July 15, he stands to be a free agent come 2018. That would stand to run counter to a Glennon pursuit, the current backup not profiling as a stopgap option the way Hoyer, Cutler or Schaub would.

Whether the 49ers want to compete with a likely Bears Glennon push or not, they are expected to spend this offseason after a quiet 2016. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com hears the 49ers and Browns are going to be the most aggressive teams in free agency. That would make sense given the teams’ near-$200MM combined cap space.

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10 comments on “Mike Glennon On 49ers’ Radar

  1. 4stayXgold9

    The 9ers are better off finding a QB in free agency this offseason and maybe trading back in the first round

    • Thronson5

      I agree with you as far as finding a qb in free agency but there are some really good players in this years draft so I wouldn’t be looking to trade back.

      • tylerall5

        I agree. They should sign Glennon who I honestly believe can be a good starter, I’m no scout however so my opinion doesn’t really matter. And then pick up Aiken and a vet, would be a solid start. They should use the second to draft Foster, even after his messy combine.

    • Levi813

      If I was in the 9ers position I would trade back in the first round and Draft Keizer and hopefully pick up Jeffery and a complementary RB to Hyde to catch passes

  2. Ironman_4life

    I hate Colin takeaknee kaepernick as much as much as most Americans, but is mike glennon really an upgrade? And please dont go political on my comment…

  3. aarongill

    I hate us being connected to QBs like Hoyer or Cutler, they aren’t better than Kap. I’d rather bring back Kap for 1 more year or Tyrod(which is better) then draft a QB in the 2018 draft.

    As far as the #2 pick, I would trade down, Allen wasn’t that impressive today, and has a shoulder problem, I’m not too keen on taking a safety at #2 when we have decent ones and I don’t know much about Lattimore for CB.

  4. Lou Fonz

    Forget the top 3 qbs in this draft.. there are 5 really good O Lineman in FA.. get two of them, a qb, and Alshon. Trade back and turn the number 2 pick into a qb late 1st round or early second, another good player, and another pick next year. Boom

    • browns

      Browns won’t go QB. If they stupidly don’t take Garrett, they are trading down.

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