Rumors are percolating that the New York Jets would be interested in a certain free agent quarterback to be, but if they know any better, they’ll stay clear.
That boat is Mike Glennon. A collective “who” from the fan base would typically be in order here.
A 5-13 career record, no meaningful snaps in over 32 games and a lot of fanfare? Something doesn’t add up here. Something one might call, “Brock Osweiler 2.0.”
That’s exactly what Glennon’s reputation should be heading into free agency. Limited sample size and mere glimpses of signs that he could maybe, possibly be something.
This kid has a rocket for an arm, although a 59% completion percentage isn’t anything to run home about. The quarterback market is scarce. It typically is, but that doesn’t mean the Jets should pay more for less.
The Jets are going to need to acquire a veteran quarterback one way or another before next season starts. For the number that Glennon will command on the open market, New York should turn the other cheek.
According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, “general manager Mike Maccagnan was interested in Glennon in 2015, when the Jets were in the trade market and wound up dealing for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now, Glennon is an unrestricted free agent, and the word on the street is that he’ll get a call from the Jets.”
I can only hope that Cimini is wrong because the going rate for a middle of the road quarterback is $17-18 million per year, but that is probably going to get re-written when Kirk Cousins signs his monster deal this offseason.
Besides, Maccagnan has plenty of other holes on the roster to fill before he can even think about the quarterback position. On top of the fact they still are without an offensive coordinator and options are dwindling.
Free agent quarterbacks pay attention to things like that and if the Jets can’t fill the hole with a quality coach, they could be SOL. However, with the options out there and the expected limited amount of cap space to spend on several areas of need, New York should look at other options.
Glennon is an unproven commodity who is nothing more than a pipe-dream to succeed in the national football league. You could say the same for either quarterback currently on the Jets roster, for that matter.
It’s time for the organization to make a smart decision at the position. Play it safe, bring in a veteran on the cheap and rebuild your assets.
Desperation at quarterback and jumping the gun isn’t going to magically make a franchise quarterback appear.
Ultimately Glennon is going to be overpaid, that’s the unfortunate reality for teams who don’t have quarterbacks in the NFL today. I just hope that team isn’t the Jets.