The Chicago bears threw a wrench in this year’s NFL draft right off the bat by giving up four future draft picks to move up one spot to select highly sought after quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky with No. 2 overall pick.
While there were many doubts about Trubisky’s talent, the factor that made this move raise some eyebrows was the signing of quarterback Mike Glennon during the offseason. Glennon and the Bears agreed to a three-year contract that would pay him around $15 million per season.
But what made this situation even more awkward was that the Chicago Bears invited Glennon to their draft party at soldier field with him having no knowledge that they would pick his potential replacement with their first pick in the draft.
The Tribune’s Rich Campbell said, “Glennon felt as though he had been cheated on, according to people in the know.”
Apparently Glennon was not the only one who did not know about this deal. It is reported that head coach John Fox was unaware of it as well.
“We don’t know what the hell they were doing,” an unnamed team executive told CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora. “It’s all anyone is talking about. It’s really bad between (Bears GM) Ryan Pace and Fox. Fox is fuming about being left in the dark on the trade. I don’t know anyone who likes their draft.”
If the front office and coaching staff got together and came to a consensus that Trubisky is be a quarterback they can build their franchise around, then so be it. It was the manner in which they acquired Trubisky that made them look bad. Not only was it unprofessional, it was a power play. The front office made a decision unilaterally which is a very dangerous precedent to set for this organization going forward.
Pace has told the press that Glennon is still their starting quarterback despite giving up so much to pick up Trubisky.
“Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback,” Pace said. “There is no quarterback competition when Mitch gets here. Glennon is our starting quarterback. We’ll focus on Mitch’s development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears.”
Come on, let’s be real here. You can say Glennon will be the starting quarterback but the first time he slips up, the Chicago faithful are going to be begging for Trubisky to get on the field. Only time will tell, however.
The Chicago Bears start their season on September 10th as they take on the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.