In the hope-inspiring move that all fans have been waiting for the Bears have signed career backup and former Tampa Bay Bucaneer Mike Glennon to a 3-year deal with $19 million guaranteed.

Glennon, 27, has limited NFL experience but in 21 appearances and 18 starts he has thrown for 4,100 yards, 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for a rating of 86.4. Signing Glennon all but seals Jay Cutler‘s end in Chicago, as cutting the long time starter will save the Bears over $10 million in cap space.

While it seems a little puzzling to pay a quarterback like Glennon $14 million per year, the guaranteed money at $19 million really isn’t so bad, especially considering that it is unlikely he actually makes it to year 3 of the contract and earns that last bit of money.

Glennon is essentially a younger, albeit slightly better, version of Brian Hoyer. He won’t wow you with his arm or athleticism, but will keep the Bears at least a bit competitive (think 7 or 8 wins). However, Glennon isn’t being signed to lead the Bears to a Super Bowl or even the playoffs for the matter. Glennon is signed as the bridge to the future quarterback in Chicago.

That is what the signing comes down to. A short term deal with a fdigestible guarantee in order to bridge the Bears to where they want to be in 3, maybe even two, years. Signing Glennon indicates that the Bears are going to draft more of a raw developmental quarterback prospect in April, someone along the lines of Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech of Brad Kaaya from Miami.

That means don’t be shocked when the Bears take a defensive player with the third overall pick (or even trade down if they really want Mahomes at the bottom of the first round) and take a raw prospect to learn behind Glennon and come out ready to lead the new-look Bears in 3 years and lead Chicago back to relevance in the NFL.

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