The Jaguars signed veteran quarterback Mike Glennon on Friday. Glennon started his career with the Bucs as a third-round pick out of NC State back in 2013. After having some statistical success in Tampa Bay, racking up 30 touchdowns in 18 starts for the Bucs over three years, Glennon signed a surprisingly substantial contract with the Bears in 2017. Chicago inked him to a three-year deal worth $45 million in total. Despite signing Glennon to a hefty new contract, the Bears selected quarterback Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick just over a month later. Glennon only started four games for the Bears before being released following the 2017 season. Glennon then signed with the Cardinals and played in just two games for the Red Birds in 2018. Then, in 2019, Glennon signed on with Oakland and served as Derek Carr's backup, appearing in only two games.
Now, Glennon makes his way to Jacksonville, where he'll once again compete for a backup gig. The six-foot-seven, 225-pound quarterback is now 30 years old. He has plenty of experience, having started 22 career games with 29 total appearances. He's an enormous QB who doesn't provide much in the way of mobility, but he's got a strong arm and is a diligent worker.
Jaguars' head coach Doug Marrone spoke highly of the Jaguars' new quarterback after the signing:
"Mike is entering his eighth season in the NFL and will bring vital experience into our quarterback room and make us a better football team. We want to be as strong as possible at every position, and we expect Mike to come in and work hard, compete every day and help our team win."
The Jaguars likely wouldn't have signed Glennon without the go-ahead from offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's brother, Jon, who coached Glennon in 2019 with the Raiders. And Glennon is the only quarterback in the room besides Gardner Minshew who's ever started a game in the NFL.
But Glennon won't be handed the job as the Jaguars' backup. Joshua Dobbs, whom the Jaguars traded a fifth-round pick for in 2019, and Jake Luton, the 2020 sixth-round pick, are ready to compete for jobs. While Luton could surprise everyone in camp (whenever that may be), it'll most likely be a two-man race between Dobbs and Glennon, with Luton competing for a spot on the practice squad. Glennon's experience and strong right arm should serve him well in his fight for a roster spot.
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