Report: Steelers Interested In QB Mike Glennon

With Landry Jones expected to at least test the free agent market, the Pittsburgh Steelers are checking in on other options. One name they are reportedly interested in is Mike Glennon, per this tweet by Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole.

It would be surprising to see Glennon come to Pittsburgh with teams like the New York Jets and Chicago Bears, viable starting options for him, interested.

Not only would it be odd for him to come to Pittsburgh to sit as a true backup, it is likely going to cost a lot of money to ink him. Cole had previously reported the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were throwing $8 million a year to keep him.

And you can bet there is zero chance the Steelers come close to that number. Chalk it up to cursory interest and starting at the top down as the team begins to explore other options should Jones leaves. It still feels most likely that Jones returns to the Steelers after evaluating his market value but if he signs elsewhere, the Steelers will likely settle for a cheaper option than Glennon. Josh McCown is a name to keep in mind.

In 18 career starts, he has a 5-13 record with the Bucs. Glennon has thrown for 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his three year career. He beat the Steelers in his only meeting but completed just half his passes in a 27-24 win.

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  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Interesting! I thought he was pretty decent.

  • renoir

    As the Bucs are my number two team, do not think their is any way that he will go to a team unless he has a logical chance to start but it is a nice thought anyway as he would be a great number 2 for as long as Ben is here…

  • steelersfan

    No thanks spend that money on a cb or a #2 wr.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I think there are a couple of ways to look at this. If Ben stays, he isn’t coming to Pittsburgh. Does that change if Ben retires? Or does it change if Ben tells them he is going to retire after this year? I think it could. He may not be my favorite option and he would be a game manager for us with the league’s best RB to help, but still he is an option if Ben goes.

  • steeltown

    Good player, but no way we spend that kind of $$$ ….unless Ben retires

  • Dan

    If they could get him at a discount, sure. But he’s not worth starter money just yet.

  • RickM

    Miami signed Matt Moore last year to a 2 year deal worth $3.55 M, so you can get proven vets cheap. IMO, the Steelers maximum for a back-up will be $2 Million a year and maybe a little less. Glennon isn’t a possibility.

  • Applebite

    Still wouldn’t want him. I’d trade for McCarron 1st…

  • TroymanianDevil

    That’s the price I’m thinking as well

  • JT

    Bet Moore regrets the deal being two years after the way last season ended. But great point, that’s incredible value. Although Ben’s backup could be expected to play 1-2 games worth of snaps over a season with the best WR and RB in the game, Glennon hasn’t made the money yet to be able to afford a down year in exchange for a showcase.

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  • Jason Vancil

    #2 Team? WTF? Steeler fans have no “#2 Team”

  • Matt Manzo

    Maybe Ben told em he’ll play for 1 more year? They don’t like any of the QBs in this years draft, and they promise Glennon he can start til they draft a guy?
    And Glennon drools over Brown, Bell and an improving D?

  • T3xassteelers

    Too expensive, pass

  • T3xassteelers

    He’d be great, but he’ll be asking for money in which we could spend on another player! If i were to spend $8 mil on a player, it’d be a starting CB or something and not a backup QB. However, if he only wants $3-$4.. we may be in business.. But I think he’d want somewhere to start

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The real question here is WHY did Glennon turn down $8 million/yr.?

    1) He doesn’t want to play for a sucky team. (The Steelers CAN offer him better.)

    2) He wants to be a starter, not a back up. (The Steelers CANNOT offer him what the Bears or Jets can.)

    3) He wants more money than $8 million/yr. (The Steelers definitely CANNOT beat that.)

    If Glennon’s only motivation is reason number 1, we might have a shot. If reasons 2 or 3 come into play (which I expect they will), the Steelers have no shot.

  • Brian Tollini

    I thought the same thing Matt…..maybe Ben has informed them this is his last year and they are preparing for life after Ben. Doubtful though, most likely just looking all options for a backup.

  • Josh Gustad

    I would LOVE if we signed him. It’s looking like his asking prince might be too high unfortunately…

  • Mrs Bighead

    Put this rumor to bed. A more desperate team will pay him $10+ million a year

  • Brad Wright

    Bengals wouldn’t trade him within the division.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Let’s throw some real gasoline on the fire, shall we???

    As a patriotic American, I find the “protest demonstrations” in the NFL, well, uncouth. But as a firm believer in freedom and the 1st Amendment, I’ll defend to the death the right to do it. Want to burn a flag? Cool. I’ll never join you, and I’ll think you’re an idiot, but feel free. This isn’t North Korea.

    That said, I’m not sure it’s worth commenting on Mr. Glennon if reports are true that he guffawed at 8 million per. I don’t know if we’d pay half that, so whatevs. Moving on!

    Which brings me to the real gasoline… Knowing what we know about Landry. And given that the Ben situation is murky. Unnecessarily murky, long term it appears. Would Steeler Nation have ANY INTEREST in bringing in Colin Kaepernick as THE backup, or A backup, to Big Ben? Am I wrong to think, that at 29, and given his attributes, PERHAPS being in Pittsburgh, would be a great place for him to sit and learn from a legend for a few years and give himself another shot at a ring? Even as a backup? I doubt anyone is gonna bring him in as a starter anyways. So is he a reclamation project now worth looking into, given his past success, even with his past struggles as well? He would have a ton of weapons here in the ‘Burgh if he ever had to play a few games. And his arm strength has NEVER been in question. He’s got crazy running ability. And one would think that Haley could get him to settle down and focus and get that low/bad completion percentage up. And Coach Tomlin would be the perfect mentor coach for the kid to get him to revitalize his image and enjoy playing football again. He’s already made a good amount of money, so if the interest out there is sparse, should we have any interest?


  • Steel B

    Please. This is a waste of bandwidth.

  • Roger G

    Kick the tires, open and slam the doors, pull the windshield wipers let’m slap back, flash headlight hi beam/lo beam, roll down windows, roll’m up, bounce on the rear bumper….walk off the lot

  • gdeuce

    you’re not a fan of any team if you like multiple teams

  • falconsaftey43

    Not sure Kap is a better QB than Jones honestly. Worth a shot with his physical skills, but dont think he has really grasped the game. I think there is a reason he and RGIII had a good few years then fell off a cliff. Most of their success was based on running and teams caught up with how to defend it.

  • Sweetdick Willie

    People 5-13 as starter. Come on! He won’t be any better than Jones. We need to draft a future starter and have him replace Jones in a year!

  • Steeler Fanatic

    I wonder if this a ploy to get Landry to the table.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I’ve said it once, and i’ll say it again. Lock up BRIAN HOYER for 2-3 years

  • steelmann58

    The NFL Network also said that the Steelers will look hard at 3 Cb Gilmore , aknamura , or Kirkpatrick. And that the Steelers might look at Brandon Marshall if released

  • Darth Blount 47

    That may be true. It is harder for dual threat style QB’s to survive for long periods, indeed. But the cases you mention are pretty different. Kaepernick lead his team quite a long ways over a few seasons. And at 6’4 and 230, he’s quite a bit bigger and sturdier than than Mr.Glass, RG3. And that is why I think that Haley can work his patience magic on Kap to teach him to stay more in the pocket and use that superior arm strength, just like he did for Big Ben. And with the outstanding weapons and RB, all he’d have to do is learn how to utilize those weapons to be successful.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think I just saw the report where Marshall will in fact, be released.

  • Applebite

    I wonder….

  • Douglas Andrews

    Tampa Bay was willing to pay him 8 million per year as the backup. He should’ve been asking where’s the pen??? If that’s the back up QB market we might as well resign Landry.

  • SoCal Steeler

    Agree with Alex in that Josh McCown would be more likely and in my opinion a better QB in our offense. I’m really not sure Glennon is any better than Landry IMHO.

  • Zuami Montanez

    Question is when we played the bucs who was he cheering for 🤔🤔

  • Conserv_58

    Bah! The Steelers are just kicking the tires and checking under the hood on some of these guys. We can’t read too much into what these reports of them showing interest mean.

  • Conserv_58

    LOL! We have the very same response to these reports of the Steelers showing interest in certain players. It’s alot of to do about nothing.

  • Conserv_58

    Just say no to, Kapernick. He brings way too much negative baggage. He will be nothing more than a divisive side-show distraction. There is no doubt that the predominantly leftist, main stream media’s obsession of using him to push their leftist agenda will take presidence over his mediocre playing ability. I adamantly despise how the hypocrites in the NFL’s power structure openly allow and support players to use their product as a platform to push their political views. I watch NFL football as a means to escape all of the media’s relentless politicalization of every aspect of our lives. I don’t want to be brow beaten by the NFL’s obvious leftist political agenda.

  • Conserv_58

    * Ben will play in 2017.
    * The Steelers are preparing for life post, Ben.
    * The 2017 draft is devoid of elite QB talent.
    * The Steelers may like Glennon, but at 8 mill. per year? Tis a far better thing for them to wait and see what offers Landry gets on the open market.

  • Steve

    My number 2 team is any that beat the tar out of the Pats and Cryboys.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I hear what you’re saying. I will just say a few things. First, the NFL is predominantly Black. And most blacks vote Democrat. So, given that correlation, you may be able to assume that more people in the NFL lean Left than do Right. Also, Kap says he will now be standing for the anthem. So MAYBE the political stuff will be over and he’ll get back to playing football. Lastly, as a backup behind Ben and on the Steelers, I don’t think Kap would be able to have anywhere near the same platform, either organically or forced, as he had after a tumultuous turn in San Fran as a Starter. And plus, James Harrison would immediately put his buttt in line. I’d view it more of a chance to rehab his image, shut up, and be a good soldier. If he is capable of that. But your viewpoint is appreciated and respected.

  • falconsaftey43

    I just don’t think Kap has shown he can be an effective pocket passer. He only had one good year and that was with an incredible defense (granted the talent around him hasn’t been very good since). But even in that good year, he was only a 58% passer. I’d be willing to take a shot, but I don’t think he’s very good.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    He was also on an awful team. Look at his individual stats. 30 TDs to only 15 INTs, 60% completion percentage. Not terrible stats for a backup QB.

  • Rocksolid20

    Makes since and being as I live in Tampa , I’ve seen him play . He would be a great backup and spot starter . He would be better with the team the Steelers can put around him .

  • Rocksolid20

    He’s 5-13 ( with a win against Steelers ) and Tampa was a very poor team .

  • Rocksolid20

    Shows they don’t believe in Winston .


    Either would do in my book.

  • Doug

    And have who as the backup QB?

  • LucasY59

    If Landry and Mike are going to cost about the same to sign, I would definitely rather have Glennon, but I think Jones will be cheaper and has the experience in the system, so I think Landry will be re-signed

  • LucasY59

    I would at least talk to all of those players, I dont think they can afford the CBs (other than maybe Amukamara) really hope the Steelers can sign Marshall

  • LucasY59

    Marshall was released this morning and I really hope the Steelers are interested in bringing him in

    I think he could be a great #2 across from AB, and even if Bryant comes back that gives them a ridiculously good WR group (its already good but Brandon could take it to the extreme level)

  • LucasY59

    Hoyer or McCown could be decent older Vet signings but they might be a bit expensive

  • LucasY59

    I think he is the most likely to be signed, but it is a good idea talk/look into some of the other options

  • LucasY59

    there isnt a better guy in the draft (even the 1st rd guys this yr IMO)

  • Jeff Papiernik

    He signed last year on a 1 year $2 million dollar deal. As long as he doesn’t earn a starter job, he’s not going to break the bank

  • LucasY59

    I agree he could be a higher paid FA (QBs are in high demand/overpaid) and if he turned down a contract from Tampa, then he is most likely expecting big $ on the Market (which takes the Steelers out of the conversation)

  • steelersfan

    Someone cheaper

  • LucasY59

    agree he would be an improvement for Jones, and I also agree he will cost too much

  • LucasY59

    if he is willing to play for 2 mil I would sign him (I think Landry will ask for at least that much)

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  • Matt Manzo

    Id never pay 8 mil for Glennon. But maybe he’ll take less to play for us? Maybe.