Todd Bowles warned that things can get "crazy" in free agency, especially when it comes to available quarterbacks. And the market for Mike Glennon is starting to look like it might be a little too crazy for the Jets.
Just a few hours into the "legal tampering" period, several NFL sources said it appeared that Glennon was destined to end up with the Chicago Bears -- his "preferred destination," according to one report. Another report said the Jets were already "out" of the bidding. And while that wasn't immediately known, a league source said that Glennon's price tag is expected to end up in the neighborhood of $15 million per season.
That almost certainly will be out of the Jets' range.
They've always known that was a possibility even as they eyed the 27-year-old Glennon as their preferred quarterback for the 2017 season. In recent weeks, as unofficial talks took place around the league, a source said the Jets began to realize that Glennon's price might be too high. Flush with approximately $34 million in cap space, the Jets certainly could afford him.
But as desperate as they are for a quarterback, a team source said they are wary of overspending for anyone in this market. Glennon may be the best of the available bunch, but he still only has 18 starts in four seasons and none since 2014. He's got potential and had a good rookie season in 2013 (2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games, while completing 59.4 percent of his passes), but he's far from a proven commodity.
So what happens if Glennon goes to the Bears? Remember, Bowles said the Jets "have our eye on a few people" in the free-agent quarterback market. Their Plan B could end up being Tyrod Taylor if the Bills decide not to pick up his option by Saturday. That option -- a $15.5 million bonus, which locks the Bills into paying Taylor $30.75 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons -- is reportedly still being debated by Buffalo's front office and coaching staff, who apparently are split on the decision.
The problem with Taylor, a dual-threat quarterback who is coming off hernia surgery, is essentially the same problem the Jets may end up having with Glennon. His price could end up being extraordinarily high. The Cleveland Browns are reportedly monitoring his situation, and the 49ers are in need of a quarterback, too.
With few other available options, the Jets may have no choice but to spend more than they want. The next best quarterbacks on the free-agent market are Colin Kaepernick and Brian Hoyer, and there's no indication that they're interested in either one of them. Jay Cutler will obviously be available if Glennon ends up in Chicago, but any Jets interest in him has seemed lukewarm at best.