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Mike Glennon by the numbers: Statistically looking at the Bears' next QB

Mike Glennon by the numbers: Statistically looking at the Bears' next QB

With Mike Glennon officially signed to a three-year contract, here are nine key numbers about the Bears' newest quarterback:
 
79 (Glennon's height in inches): At 6-foot-7, Glennon isn't the tallest quarterback in NFL history, but he's close (former Seattle Seahawks backup Dan McGwire and for-now Cleveland Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler hold that record at 6-foot-8). Glennon is joined by two other active quarterbacks standing at 6-foot-7 or taller in Osweiler and Denver's Paxton Lynch. Lynch remains an unknown after just one year as a backup with the Broncos. Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million deal last offseason and stunningly was dealt to the Browns on Thursday.
 
84.6 (Glennon's passer rating): He's a tick better than Baltimore's Joe Flacco (84.5), and ahead of the likes of Brad Johnson (82.5) and Boomer Esiason (81.1) in his career. In NFL history, Glennon's 84.6 passer rating ranks 42nd, sandwiched between Brian Hoyer (84.8) and Flacco, Sam Bradford and Kyle Orton (84.5).
 
2.4 (Glennon's interception percentage): If what the Bears wanted in their next quarterback is someone who can protect the ball, Glennon fits in that thinking. Among quarterbacks with at least 600 pass attempts in the last decade, Glennon's interception rate is tied for 18th lowest, while Jay Cutler's 3.25 percent interception rate is the 18th highest. 
 
630 (Glennon's pass attempts): While Glennon has been somewhat effective -- at least by passer rating and interception rate -- he doesn't have an especially large sample size of throws. Hoyer has thrown nearly double the passes Glennon has while Flacco's 4,742 passes are seven and a half times more than Glennon's career total. And it's worth noting that only Glennon has only thrown 11 passes since the end of the 2014 season.
 
59.4 (Glennon's completion percentage): Glennon is tied for 57th among the 81 quarterbacks with at least 600 passing attempts since 2006 in completion percentage. But Glennon didn't have much help in Tampa: ostensible No. 1 target Vincent Jackson tied for fourth in the league with nine drops in 2013, and Murphy dropped six of his 56 targets in 2014, for example.
 
56 (Number of times Glennon was sacked): Despite his career starting in 2013 and only playing in 21 games, Glennon is one of 49 players to be sacked more than 50 times in the last five years. On average, Glennon was sacked 2.67 times per game, and in his rookie year, he was dropped a little more than three times per game. This fits with Glennon not having much help around him -- Football Outsiders ranked Tampa Bay's offensive line 21st and 29th in pass protection in 2013 and 2014.
 
13 (Number of games the Bucs lost in which Glennon started): The other side of this is the Bucs only winning five of Glennon's 18 starts. Both Ryan Pace and John Fox talked up, in reference to the NFL Draft, wanting a quarterback who made everyone around him better. Maybe the talent wasn't there in Tampa Bay, but even going back to his career at N.C. State -- generally a mediocre ACC program -- his teams went 8-5 and 7-6. A year before Glennon took over as the Wolfpack's starter, N.C. State won nine games (its second-best win total in program history) with Russell Wilson as its quarterback. 
 
3 (Number of fourth quarter comebacks with which Glennon which has been credited): That's not many (it's the same number credited to J.P. Losman and JaMarcus Russell, for example), though Glennon's performance also doesn't markedly differ in the fourth quarter than in the first three. His completion percentage is about a percent lower, and 25 of the 56 times he was sacked came in the fourth quarter. But he only threw three fourth quarter interceptions with Tampa Bay, compared to 12 in the first, second and third quarters.
 
23 (The number of quarterbacks who made a higher average annual salary in 2016, according to OverTheCap.com): The reported $45 million owed to Glennon over three years may seem like a steep price for a guy who hasn't started a game since 2014, but in the context of the rest of the league, it makes sense. Glennon will make less in 2017 than Osweiler, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton and Tyrod Taylor did in 2016. And the $18.5 million guaranteed to Glennon is about half of what Osweiler received from the Texans, who traded a second round pick and a sixth round pick to the Browns along with Osweiler to get out from under his contract (and only received fourth round pick in return). And Glennon’s guaranteed money, like his average annual salary, is on the lower end among quarterbacks, too. 

Here's what Bears could buy with Patrick Mahomes' new $500 million extension

Here's what Bears could buy with Patrick Mahomes' new $500 million extension

Pat Mahomes made 500 million dollars today. It is an unfathomable amount of money unless you're Patrick Mahomes, who's very seriously fathoming it on whatever fancy yacht he's hopefully on right now. (This, to me, is the only conceivable way to properly celebrate earning the largest contract in major league sports history?) 

And, as far too many Bears fans non-ironically pointed out today, Ryan Pace saved the McCaskeys $500 million today as well. Never hurts to be in the black right?! Just for the sake of this exercise, let's imagine Ryan Pace *wants* to spend $500 million this week. After giving the first 200 to Jimmy Graham (sorry, I'm sorry), where does that leave Pace? Here's what 500 million could get the Bears: 

- Three and a half Khalil Mack contracts, all at once
- 17 Mitch Trubisky contracts, whatever that entails 
- 20 Nick Foles contracts, this exercise is a huge bummer 
- 5 more renovations of Halas Hall, there can never be enough sand pits 
- The Athletic, I can already see the Why I'm Joining headline now
- His own NHL team
69 million Soldier Field hot dogs 
- 4 months rent in Gold Coast 
- 5% of all $2 bills currently in circulation
- 6% of the team that employs him 

Want to guess what, as of Monday afternoon, $500 million can't buy him?! 

Chiefs reportedly give Patrick Mahomes a 10-year contract extension

Chiefs reportedly give Patrick Mahomes a 10-year contract extension

Patrick Mahomes is a rich man who's about to be a RICH man. 

Enter Adam Schefter: 

10 years. TEN YEARS. It's an unprecedented contract in the NFL, though there's probably a great argument to be made that Mahomes is an unprecedented NFL player. In three years since being drafted 10th overall, the 2018 league MVP has won a Super Bowl while going 24-7 and throwing for 9412 yards with 76 touchdowns. 

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He was also, you may remember, available to Bears' GM Ryan Pace when the Bears had the 2nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead, Pace took Mitch Trubisky, who will enter the final year of his rookie contract as one of a few infamous first-round quarterbacks not to have their 5th-year option picked up. Look, I'm sorry, I'm required to mention this part. I don't like it either. 

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