The Stampeders will almost certainly leave the 34-year-old former Bombers QB unprotected, with the current thinking being John Hufnagel and company are most likely to protect Calgary backup Bo Levi Mitchell, who has been sensational in the limited playing opportunities he’s received.
Would the Bombers be interested in Glenn? Well, they certainly weren’t last winter when they could have had him in exchange for their first-round pick in the 2013 CFL Draft. And how did that work out?
Well, Glenn has provided very capable relief in Calgary in 2013, boast- ing six TDs to two interceptions and the fifth-best QB rating in the league. And the Bombers? Yeah, you already know how that’s worked out for them.
Then there’s Calgary QB Drew Tate. Touted last season as the Next One in Calgary, a litany of injuries to Tate over the past two seasons has taken the shine off his apple and the betting is Calgary leaves him unprotected.
So, would Tate be the solution to the Bombers troubles? It depends on whether you think the series of injuries that have sidelined him the past couple seasons has been a string of unrelated flukes or a pattern for a guy who cannot stay healthy?
Does that calculation sound familiar? It should because that’s been the same debate about Buck Pierce over the years. The Bombers bet four seasons ago that it was the former — that Pierce was just unlucky, not injuryprone. They were wrong.
And it’s precisely because they were wrong that the Winnipeg front office would be very reluctant to head down that same path with Tate.
So who else is out there? Well, if you want a really, really veteran starter, you’ve got to figure the Montreal Alouettes won’t be protecting Anthony Calvillo after this disastrous season. On the flip side, it’s hard to imagine Winnipeg pursuing him at age 40 — and you’d have to figure Calvillo would simply retire rather than take on the challenge of a new team, especially one as mired in the muck as Winnipeg.
Saskatchewan backup Drew Willy? He’s 86-of-124 with a 102.4 QB rating in relief of Durant the last two seasons, but his sample size is so small you’d basically be playing a lottery ticket.
Ditto for Argos backup Zach Collaros, who is 58-of-83 with a 114.3 QB rating and five TDs to just one interception in limited relief of Ray in Toronto the past two seasons.
Edmonton’s Matt Nichols? He’s got Tate’s problem — gets hurt way too often — and he’s hardly played. A bad combination.
B.C. backup Thomas DeMarco? Who?
Hamilton’s LeFevour? Again, a small sample size. And it depends what Hamilton does about Burris.
Montreal will have to leave at least one of their two current backups — Josh Neiswander or Tanner Marsh — unprotected. Marsh looked great in leading Montreal to victory last week, just as long as you didn’t mind his four interceptions and two fumbles. Neiswander, meanwhile, has 33 lifetime passing attempts in the CFL.
Put it all together and you’ve got a collection of men who come with issues, in some form or another. But after wandering the desert for a decade looking for a viable quarterback, the good news for the Bombers brain trust is they’ve got some viable candidates from which to choose.
The question now is whether this time, the Bombers will finally choose well.