The Saskatchewan Roughriders have traded international quarterback Kevin Glenn to the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for a fifth round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft.
Glenn signed with the Riders as a free agent last February. In nine games this season, Glenn has completed 171 of 257 pass attempts for 2,174 yards and nine touchdowns with ten interceptions.
5th round selection in 2016 CFL Draft
International quarterback Kevin Glenn
Kevin Glenn may just work for every CFL team before his career is done.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders dealt the veteran quarterback to the Montreal Alouettes, making the move before the league’s 4 pm ET trade deadline today.
At the age of 36, Glenn has seen it all in this league and has occupied all three spots on the quarterbacking depth chart. He has backed up and started in Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Calgary, Hamilton and B.C. In 2013, he was an expansion draft pick of Ottawa, yet never played a down for the RedBlacks. With the move to Montreal, only Edmonton and Toronto are missing from his resume, although on May 19, 2004, he was traded to the Argonauts before being shipped to Winnipeg later that very same draft day.
News of the trade was first reported by Gary Lawless. The Riders are reportedly getting a mid- to late-round draft pick in return.
Glenn fills a massive need for the reeling Alouettes, who amazingly at 5-9 still have a shot at the playoffs because the West Division crossover remains in play. Montreal has had zero production of late at the position, and has gone through six different quarterbacks this season – the latest coming on Thanksgiving Monday when starter Rakeem Cato got injured and both Anthony Boone and Tanner Marsh were terribly ineffective.
An Alouettes source told Sportsnet Wednesday morning: “We definitely feel like (we’ve) got a shot now.”
It is believed Glenn was in Detroit when the trade went down, spending the Riders bye week in his hometown with family, making it more convenient to get him to Montreal. The Als are home to Hamilton on Sunday and it would be imperative to get Glenn into the fold at Olympic Stadium immediately to learn the offense. Sources said he was flying to Montreal on Wednesday morning.
Glenn and Alouettes co-offensive coordinator Ryan Dinwiddie were once teammates in Winnipeg, and at this point, Montreal GM/interim head coach Jim Popp really has nothing to lose by bringing in an established starter after the disaster that has unfolded with the team’s quarterbacks this season.
Glenn was pulled at half-time of the Riders loss in Hamilton on Friday, after it became quite clear the team’s playoff hopes were mathematically finished. With a 2-13 record and Saskatchewan in re-building mode following the firing of head coach Corey Chamblin and general manager Brendan Taman, gaining any asset for Glenn makes sense for the Roughriders.
Glenn began this season as the No. 2 to Darian Durant, was starter by the end of opening night when Durant tore his Achilles and then got injured. By the time he returned, the GM and coach that brought him to the franchise had been fired.
Back in February of this year, Glenn signed a one-year contract with Saskatchewan. CFL sources told Sportsnet the team was exploring a renegotiated deal following the front office shake-up, but it was not known whether or not the two sides came to terms.
Glenn, remarkably, has started 170 games in the league since coming to Canada in 2001. He has thrown for over 43,000 yards, including two seasons of more than 5,000 yards in 2007 (Winnipeg) and 2010 (Hamilton).