Re­ports: Glen­non to Bears

Ex-Bucs QB poised to join Chicago; Bills re­work Tay­lor’s deal.

Austin American-Statesman - - C4 -

Twenty-four hours into the NFL’s ne­go­ti­at­ing pe­riod, the word around the league was that the Bears will be sign­ing quar­ter­back Mike Glen­non.

No deals can be con­sum­mated un­til the start of the new league year to­day, but teams have been able to ne­go­ti­ate with agents since Tues­day. While noth­ing is bind­ing, that doesn’t pre­vent the sides from reach­ing agree­ment.

While the Bears have given no in­di­ca­tion Glen­non is their man, other teams are op­er­at­ing as if Glen­non to the Bears is a move that will hap­pen to­day. The NFL Net­work re­ported Wed­nes­day a deal for Glen­non was “all but done.”

Glen­non was iden­ti­fied last week as the Bears’ top choice as they chart a fu­ture with­out Jay Cut­ler, who had a 52-52 record as a starter in eight sea­sons. The team pri­or­i­tized Glen­non and Bills cor­ner­back Stephon Gilmore as top tar­gets. The team is be­lieved to be ag­gres­sively pur­su­ing Gilmore.

No de­tails have emerged on the length of a con­tract for Glen­non, a third-round draft pick of the Buc­ca­neers in 2013, but word is the range will be near $14 mil­lion and per­haps as much as $15 mil­lion per year. That would rank Glen­non 23rd among quar­ter­backs cur­rently un­der con­tract in terms of an­nual av­er­age.

Bills: Ty­rod Tay­lor will re­main the start­ing quar­ter­back af­ter the team an­nounced it re­struc­tured his five-year con­tract ex­ten­sion. The Bills faced a Satur­day dead­line to de­ter­mine whether to pick up the ex­ten­sion Tay­lor signed in Au­gust or part ways with their two-year starter.

Un­der the ini­tial con­tract ex­ten­sion, Tay­lor was due to be paid just un­der $31 mil­lion in salary and bonuses dur­ing the first year of the deal, and count nearly $16 mil­lion against Buf­falo’s salary cap. Tay­lor had surgery in Jan­uary to re­pair a sports her­nia but has since been cleared for prac­tice. He has a 15-14 record in two sea­sons with Buf­falo.

The Bills also an­nounced they agreed to sign for­mer Carolina full­back Mike Tol­bert and re-sign punter Colton Sch­midt, who had been re­leased Mon­day.

Cow­boys: Tony Romo’s star-crossed ca­reer as the start­ing quar­ter­back in Dal­las will soon be over. A per­son with knowl­edge of the de­ci­sion tells The As­so­ci­ated Press that the Cow­boys will re­lease Romo when the NFL year opens to­day.

Romo, who will get a chance to pur­sue a start­ing job else­where, leaves the Cow­boys as the fran­chise leader in yards pass­ing (34,183) and touch­downs (248). A 10-year starter who joined the Cow­boys as an un­drafted free agent in 2003, Romo lost the job last sea­son to rookie Dak Prescott af­ter break­ing a bone in his back in a pre­sea­son game.

A trade was un­likely be­cause Romo turns 37 next month, car­ries a $24 mil­lion salary-cap hit and has missed most of the past two sea­sons with in­juries. But he should be at­trac­tive as a free agent to con­tenders want­ing a quar­ter­back, a list that could in­clude Den­ver and Hous­ton.

A re­lease will free about $5 mil­lion in cap space for the Cow­boys, who can split the dead money from a $19 mil­lion hit over two sea­sons.

49ers: Re­port­edly agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent quar­ter­back Brian Hoyer. NFL Net­work said Hoyer has de­cided to join the Nin­ers, where he will have a chance to com­pete to be the starter next sea­son. San Fran­cisco en­tered its first free-agency pe­riod un­der new coach Kyle Shana­han and gen­eral man­ager John Lynch with no quar­ter­backs on the ros­ter.

Shana­han will be­gin his ten­ure with a fa­mil­iar quar­ter­back. Hoyer made 13 starts for Cleve­land in 2014 when Shana­han was of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. Hoyer won seven of those starts and threw for a ca­reer-high 3,326 yards.

Gi­ants: Signed free-agent re­ceiver Bran­don Mar­shall to a two-year con­tact. The for­mer Jets re­ceiver tweeted a pic­ture of the signed con­tact Wed­nes­day. The sign­ing gives the Gi­ants a tal­ented out­side re­ceiver to play op­po­site Odell Beck­ham Jr.

The Jets re­leased Mar­shall less than a week ago, mak­ing him el­i­gi­ble to sign with any team be­fore to­day’s start of free agency. Mar­shall, who turns 33 this month, had 59 catches for 788 yards and three touch­downs last sea­son.

Ravens: Out­side line­backer Elvis Dumervil was cut by Bal­ti­more, which was look­ing to free up salary-cap room be­fore the start of free agency. Dumervil missed eight games last sea­son be­cause of in­juries and fin­ished with only three sacks. Two years ear­lier, he set the team sin­gle-sea­son record with 17 sacks.

The Ravens did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of bring­ing back the 33-year-old at a lesser price.

Pa­tri­ots: Tight end Dwayne Allen is ea­ger to get started in New Eng­land af­ter the Colts traded him on the eve of free agency. Allen ac­knowl­edged the trade on Twit­ter, where he thanked Colts fans for their sup­port and wrote he was “hum­bled and ea­ger to earn the right to be called a New Eng­land Pa­triot.”

NFL.com re­ported the Colts will send Allen and a six­thround draft choice to New Eng­land in ex­change for the Pa­tri­ots’ fourth-round pick. Allen signed a four-year deal worth $29.4 mil­lion last year.

Dol­phins: De­fen­sive end An­dre Branch agreed to a $27 mil­lion, three-year con­tract to re­main with Mi­ami, mul­ti­ple re­ports said. The five-year pro had 51/2 sacks last sea­son, his first with the Dol­phins. Red­skins: Re-signed tight end Ver­non Davis to a three­year con­tract. The 33-year-old re­vi­tal­ized his ca­reer last sea­son with the Red­skins, start­ing 14 games and catch­ing 44 passes for 583 yards and two touch­downs.

Pan­thers: Re-signed run­ning back run­ning back Fozzy Whit­taker to a two-year con­tract. The 28-year-old served as Jonathan Ste­wart’s pri­mary backup last sea­son.

AP FILE

QB Mike Glen­non, who was 5-13 as a starter in Tampa Bay be­fore los­ing his job to Jameis Win­ston, is ex­pected to earn $14 mil­lion to $15 mil­lion per sea­son in Chicago.

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