Mike Glennon's Bears tenure is about to come to an end.
The guy signed last offseason to be the team's starting quarterback — that, of course, occurring prior to Mitch Trubisky being drafted with the No. 2 pick in the draft — will be released, general manager Ryan Pace told reporters Wednesday at the NFL Combine.
Glennon struggled mightily in his handful of starts to begin the 2017 season, throwing for 833 yards and four touchdowns compared to five interceptions in four games. Those struggles, specifically those involving hanging onto the ball, forced the Bears to move Trubvisky into a starting role just a few weeks into his pro career. The Bears went 1-3 in Glennon's four starts.
Glennon didn't throw another pass after being benched in favor of Trubisky.
The Bears gave Glennon a three-year contract last offseason. Glennon made $14 million in 2017 and was set to make $16 million in 2018 and $15 million in 2019.
The national spotlight will be on the Bears tonight as they host the Minnesota Vikings on NBC, and the primetime audience should be in for tightly contested matchup.
These two teams have a history of those.
Last year, Mitchell Trubisky made his first-career start in a similar situation under the lights at Soldier Field, but his late interception set the Vikings up with the game-winning field goal with 12 seconds left for a 20-17 victory.
The year before, Jay Cutler led the 1-6 Bears to a major upset over the 5-1 Vikings, also in primetime. It was Cutler’s first game back from injury, and he threw for 252 yards and a touchdown while Jordan Howard added 153 on the ground to win 20-10.
Back in December of 2013, Josh McCown threw for over 350 yards to lead Marc Trestman’s Bears to overtime against Matt Cassell and Minnesota. But Adrian Peterson’s 211 rushing yards proved to be too much as Blair Walsh hit the winning field goal in the extra period.
Chicago has had its share of game-winners against the Vikings too, like wide receiver Devin Aromashodu’s 39-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler back in 2009, one of his seven catches for 150 yards in the 36-30 overtime victory over Brett Favre.
The division rivals have met in the playoffs once in their 114 matchups, a 35-18 win for our own Dave Wannstedt. Steve Walsh connected with Jeff Graham for four catches and 108 yards to knock off Warren Moon and Cris Carter in the wildcard round.
This season’s Week 11 matchup could have its own playoff implications as the winner will sit in first place in the NFC North and take a potential head-to-head tiebreaker.
With so much parity in the NFL, every week on the schedule has close matchups. This weekend, though, the Bears and the Minnesota Vikings are expected to play the closest.
NFL experts trying to predict Sunday night’s matchup are torn on who they think is going to win, but Chicago has the slight advantage according to NFL Pick Watch.
55 percent of experts are picking the Bears to extend their NFC North lead, the closest margin of predictions for any game this week.
Even Monday night’s contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams has a larger majority supporting Jared Goff and company at 60 percent.
The analytics are also in agreement in support of Matt Nagy in prime time. Microsoft Cortana, FiveThirtyEight, Number Fire and Pro Football Focus analytics are all among the majority picking the Bears.
Our own J.J. Stankevitz predicts they could have statement game to establish themselves as a legitimate contender this season.
Chicago is favored by a slight margin on Las Vegas sportsbooks, but in the battle for first place in the division, anything can happen.