Chicago Bears 2017 Season Preview

The Chicago Bears may have a plan internally, but to the outside world their offseason came across as a whirlwind of dysfunction. Early in March, the Bears inked longtime Tampa Bay back-up Mike Glennon to a three year/$45 million contract in hopes that he could become the next Kirk Cousins or Tyrod Taylor: a career long back-up that flourished when he finally become the guy. Details of the contract were surprising, however, as only the first season is fully guaranteed, meaning it, in essence, could be just a single year prove-it contract, earning Glennon over $18 million. On draft day, though, the situation took on a dramatic twist when Chicago traded up to select heralded UNC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky number two overall. It’s clear the club views the kid as their signal caller of the future, but it makes for an interesting soap opera, particularly if Glennon plays well.

2016 Record: 3-13

Notable Additions: QB Mike Glennon, CB Prince Amukamara, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Dion Sims, WR Kendall Wright, S Quintin Demps

Notable Subtractions: WR Alshon Jeffery, QB Brian Hoyer, DL Cornelius Washington, WR Eddie Royal, DB Tracy Porter, QB Jay Cutler

Notable Rookies: QB Mitchell Trubisky, TE Adam Shaheen, S Eddie Jackson, RB Tarik Cohen

Analysis:

The majority of attention at Soldier Field this season will be directed at the Bears’ quarterback situation, which has all the makings of a true Hollywood worthy suspense feature. Free-agent addition Mike Glennon has waited years for this opportunity, and if he is able to play well and impress, the plot will thicken further. Hypothetically, if the veteran outperforms expectations and has Chicago playing meaningful games into December, how can the team really justify letting him walk at the conclusion of the campaign? But in that scenario, if they pick up his option and commit to him for another two seasons, where does that leave Mitchell Trubisky? If Glennon struggles it would almost be easier for the Bears, as they could easily bench him in favor of the rookie. In doing so, they would literally be admitting to an $18 million mistake, which is something teams tend to be hesitant to do. Regardless of the outcome, you’ll want to pay attention to the quarterback drama, as otherwise, the Bears are not all that exciting.