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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

RIDERS SIGN KEVIN GLENN


The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international free agent quarterback Kevin Glenn has signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.   

Glenn (5’10 – 200) joins the Riders for the third time in his career ahead of what will be his 17th season. The Illinois State product originally entered the CFL with the Green and White in 2001, spending three seasons in Saskatchewan, before making his second stop in 2015.

Last season, Glenn started nine of ten regular season games played for the Montreal Alouettes completing 222 of 314 pass attempts (70.7%) for 2,547 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was acquired by Winnipeg on September 12th, where he went on to dress for the Blue Bombers final seven regular season games and the West Semi-Final.      

Starting 19 of 56 games through parts of four seasons as a Rider, Glenn has completed 341 of 579 pass attempts for 4,397 yards and 15 touchdowns.

“Bringing Kevin in will provide a veteran presence at quarterback while increasing the level of internal competition,” stated Riders Vice President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach Chris Jones. “Whether he is on the field or not, Kevin will have a positive impact on our group. He is a proven leader and talented player that we expect to come in and compete with the other quarterbacks for the starting position.”     

The Michigan native currently sits 7th all-time among CFL quarterbacks with 48,813 career passing yards. His 268 career touchdown passes rank 9th all-time. Glenn has also spent time with Winnipeg (2004-08), Hamilton (2009-11), Calgary (2012-13) and B.C. (2014) through his 269 career games played.

78 comments:

John Knight said...

Not sure if this is a good move or not. He may be used as a QB playing coach and be 3rd string

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I can't wait for this season to start!

Anonymous said...

This is good news. We need someone (anyone) to coach / mentor these younger QBs.

Newt from YQR

Anonymous said...

That ain't no Darian Durant HAHAHAHAHA.

Anonymous said...

Okay folks, let er rip. Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Well the Rider brain trust now have their old often injured mediocre QB. Way to trust in Jones.

Anonymous said...

Bring on the stupid comments and hate.

willie said...

Just as I predicted. Why not? So many on here whining about not having a experienced QB, well now we have one perhaps as starter but probably a back up for what Coach Jones has up his sleeve. Come on guys it's a start now lets keep it moving.

Anonymous said...

Good signing, I like it.

Anonymous said...

My level of intetest in this team is at an all time low. Glenn is mediocrity personified.

Anonymous said...

WEAK SAUCE.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, the 3rd time here is the charm.

Anonymous said...

You are right. This is a team player not a me player.

Anonymous said...

Similar to a guy I know when I attended his wedding I thought gee maybe the third time will be the charm.

Anonymous said...

Jones on Durant...

"He'd won three ball games the last three years and so, unfortunately, that's reality."

I believe Kevin Glenn has won 5 games since the start of the 2015 season so I guess that's in improvement.

Anonymous said...

Don't know how anyone in football can expect that a 38 year old QB can get a team to the Grey Cup. But on the up-side, perhaps when Durant hits 38 he can be brought back by the Riders for "insurance".

Anonymous said...

No surprise here. I think he's more of a mentor-type person than Durant, so that's good for developing the other QBs. In a pinch, he could probably step in to play adequately, but I don't expect miracles though. Any idea on what he's being paid? If it's in the $200K range, I think it's worthwhile.

Anonymous said...

Well they probably got Glenn for less than half of what they offered Durant. Just someone to fill the QB gap until they can get Franklin in free agency next year. But seriously, with a decent O-line and if they can sign Duron Carter, offense might be decent....or it could look worse than ever!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Kevin. never should have been traded in 20105. The offense did really well under him at that time, just the d sucked big time. We need a veteran to be the defacto QB coach and a great back up.

donna Campbell said...

I see this mentor thing pop up on many posts, what in hay do people think Jackson is on the coaching staff for? Glad the Riders signed an experienced QB
before training camp but I don't think for a minute that Keven will be our starter.

Anonymous said...

Good player, good signing, astute move, team insurance.

Anonymous said...

Really?? Lol

Anonymous said...

Glenn has never played for Edmonton! Great trade bait. Him and Baggs and Roosevelt and and and for Franklin.

Anonymous said...

He will be a great mentor to the young quarterbacks. That was a good signing!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah we know, Darian Durant was a below average player suseptible to constant injuries impeding the on field team consistency year after year (good riddance) whereas Kevin Glenn is a enduring upper elite qb good to go resulting in garanteed victories on behalf of the Roughriders Football Club 2017+.

Anonymous said...

Can't knock the signing. After Durant went down game 1 in 2015, Glenn was the QB for the number 1 offence in the CFL until he got hurt

Anonymous said...

All this proves is that Chris Jones has no plan at QB what so ever. What were his words? We will leave no stone unturned.
I think Kevin Glen is a great back up addition to any team. However in this instance you can bet that Kevin will be the starter!
There isn't any Rider QB presently that has enough taken to be a starter other than Kevin. It's going to be a long 2017 season with Jones dismissal and a new coaching staff for 2018.

Les Funk said...

Good move. Glenn was quarterbacking the league's best offence less than two years ago (2015 Riders.) Unfortunately, a horrid defence cost the Head Coach and GM their job. Glenn was shipped out of town to help a team try to make the playoffs.
Glenn was the best QB on Riders roster between Austin and Joseph. Should never have let him go in the first place. I've always been a fan.

Anonymous said...

Giving our QB, Kevin Glenn is a very logical signing. Evan

Anonymous said...

Hahahahaha...of course you would say this as Glenn has so many Grey Cups, as in zero. Guaranteed wins...what are you drinking sir cause it must be good.

Anonymous said...

So it's worth to have Glenn making money like this and probably the same for who is sharing time with him...you can get a guy like Mitchell or Reilly for that...Durant even lol.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure if the Esks hold Franklin through the year they will trade him to the east where they will sign him as a starter to dodge a west team getting him but who knows.

Anonymous said...

Keep your receivers and Glenn as we aren't in need of them and we can sign a top end receiver in free agency and have another young Qb in our system.

Anonymous said...

I like Glenn but as a back up only. He's fast and accurate until he needs the big play to win or keep the offense on the move. Then he throws the interception.

Anonymous said...

WEAK SAUCE. You all know it.

Anonymous said...

I like the signing. It’s the experience that all the nay sayers are saying we didn’t have. Kevin has shown he’s capable during the season right here in our backyard. I think he’ll be better for the up and comers over my favourite gamer Durant.

I’m not for a second going expecting miracles from Kevin but ( and I think honest Rider fans shouldn’t/aren’t expecting miracles either) but wtf…Burris at his age fought back for the starting job, won a cup and is going out a champion. He had something to play for and prove to the league and he will likely end his career better than any script writer could make up. (Burris’s own chapter with him fighting through)

Kevin has a chance to win the job and start our club off in a new stadium, something that Darian gave up. Who knows how this will motivate Glenn. As mentioned, I’m not expecting Glenm to be our savior but wouldn’t it be ironic to see the team more successful and have a chance at the playoffs where a few of you are less than enamored with Jones’ “plan”. Maybe Glen’s contract is incentive laden and all the baggage/moving around will be silenced by those critical of his play or this signing.

Lets wait and see. I’m comfortable with the long shot positive outcome on this. He’s the best security blanket fit for our team. I’m glad he’s back. This Rider fans says thank you for signing.

Ronr in Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

Keep it coming jonesy!

Dex said...

This smells like a panic move. If Glenn is the starter the season is wasted (again). If he is 3rd string then it's a waste of 200k.

Seems bizarre you wouldn't pay Durant his 400k to be the starter but you pay Glenn 200k and hope he never takes the field.

If Durant did get hurt you stick him on the injured list and save his money off the cap.

And I really hope the Duron Carter rumors don't come true.

Les Funk said...

To reiterate, remember how he nearly erased a 30-2 deficit in 5 minutes:
http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/football/eskimos-end-riders-grey-cup-dream-1.389318
389318
Should've put him in sooner, and should've kept him.

Anonymous said...

I could have sworn there was a very common word for this type of signing? Wasn't it " retread? " Didn't we have a gm who did the same and was ripped for it?

Anonymous said...

He's going to do whatever is asked of him. He will lead this team, or lend a hand to whomever wins out of training camp. Kevin is as team as it gets. Pretty sad that a guy like Lulay can hang around B.C. no questions asked but Glenn has never really been given any respect by any club he's been on. - Richard

WesternMBRiders said...

I suppose GM Jones had to turn to Kevin Glenn as Henry Burris retired today and Ricky Ray is currently uncertain about his future.I expect Tino Sunseri was also a holdout and Reggie Slack was unavailable for contract and comeback discussions...

WesternMBRiders said...

Despite the game having history and being a Canadian tradition, a unique brand apart from the NFL,the frequency of calls (poor ones and because of bad rules as well such how pass interference is now called) and the turnstile of players annually (or in just one season if you are Saskatchewan) is continuing to effect the growth of the game beyond its core support and to secure bigger dollars from a marketing standpoint. But perhaps an even larger impediment to the fans building a connection to the key players in the CFL is the regurgitation of players. Kevin Glenn is now here for the third time. Only one team he has not played for now (Edmonton). Even if Kevin Glenn is an insurance policy while GM Jones trys his best to spin the roulette wheel and luck into finding the next Tom Brady at some free agent camp, and with the greatest of respect to Kevin Glenn, this is as good as it gets right now? Talk about a demo and re-build. I just hope GM Jones is even just half as good as Bellichick. Otherwise, there will be some pretty fine seats avajlable to choose from for the next few years at the new Mosaic.Mediocre at Mosaic is the phrase that comes to mind unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

I'm happy with this. Now we're competitive!!

Franklin franklin franklin. What's up with his hype? Read his bio! Big deal! Maybe he's good but there's nothing to indicate that? I just don't get It?

Anonymous said...

How about this scenario. Reilly is signed through the 2018 season for 500,000 a year and he turns 32 on Jan. 31. After 2017 season Hervey decides to save some money and either trades or cuts Reilly and signs Franklin to be the starting qb for the Edmonton Eskimos.

Anonymous said...

Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Kevin Glen is a nice guy but this is his third go round here. Jones is willing to throw in the towel, wave the white flag because he wants Franklin that bad. There is no guarantee that the Riders ever get Franklin. Herve could decide to trade Franklin to any other CFL team within the next year or he could decide to keep Franklin and dump an aging Reilly. In the mean time, the Riders have basically decided to concede another year, settling for the basement again and have another twenty games of training camp. That is not acceptable. As a GM and a coach, their job is to put the best team on the field possible. What will Jones do next year if the Eskimos decide to give up Reilly and keep Franklin? Reilly will still demand a big salary; more than Jones will pay. And then? Perhaps wait for another promising young cheap QB to maybe come available in another year or two? The Riders lost almost 5 million dollars in 2015. Last years deficit will soon be announced. This cannot continue. A four or five year rebuilding program is not acceptable. Jones has a plan? The only plan that I can see is one to completely decimate the team, kill the Rider brand, and bankrupt the team. In Jones we trust? The only thing I trust Jones to do at this point is to kill Rider pride, run up huge expenses, bring a ridiculous number of players through the organization, disrespect both the fans and the players, and throw gas on a grease fire that the Riders have become. I believe that the rest of the league is having a good laugh at the joke that a once proud organization has become. I am not laughing.

Anonymous said...

I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore. I will pack up my Rider gear, pick another team to cheer for (probably Montreal or Ottawa) and wait for some sanity to return to Rider nation. And do not accuse me of jumping off the Rider bandwagon. I did not jump off the wagon, the wagon has overturned and thrown me off. Those left on Chris Jones' bandwagon will soon find it a lonely place to be. I have been a Rider supporter for forty years, through some good years and a bunch of bad years but have always been a Rider supporter. I have seen some good coaches and some bad coaches; some good GMs and some bad GMs but I have never seen an idiotic "plan" like the one that Chris Jones is trying to sell to Rider nation. If his plan is to accelerate the dumpster fire that this team has become, I will not support him. He has made the Riders the laughing stock of the CFL; taken a once proud franchise and turned it into a joke.

Anonymous said...

Glenn isn't being paid seven figures to bounce passes to his receivers. Great signing, and also a team guy and a mentor. A few things that haven't been here in recent years.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Durant was not a team guy...because he leaves now he is dirt, get real.

Anonymous said...

Reilly is 31 turning 32 so he will be in the green and gold for another 4 to 5 years for sure so get off the idea we will dump our franchise guy...we don't do crap like this unlike Sask. Ray doesn't count cause that was Tillman and he is doing what Jones is doing.

Anonymous said...

Best possible signing in my opinion. Enough whining about Darian, he wasn't coming back and he knew it last year already. No love between him and Jones that's obvious so he moved on. Kevin Glenn will help calm everything down just by being a veteran presence on the field. He has things to prove before he retires as did Henry Burris. One good year here will help the young qb's for sure. Relax people.

Anonymous said...

Every person on here bashing this signing 100% has no clue about football, how to build and likely sports in general.

Given the circumstance this is a great move.

Probably half the price than Durant. Will give cap flexibility to sign good players at other key positions; OL, RB, DL. How do you dummies expect to improve a roster with no cap room?

The goal is for the Rider to be competitive this year, hopefully squeak into the playoffs.

I'm tired of the uneducated and ignorant complaining about things they don't understand. So pack up and leave, see if anyone really gives two craps!

Bon voyage!

Anonymous said...

A number of you will be able to benefit from the legalization of marijuana. 'Cuz wow, overreact much?

George Porge said...

"I think he's more of a mentor-type person than Durant"

That is the key right there - Jones didn't hire Glenn as the long-term starter; he hired Glenn to take the reins and mentor the next generation starter.

Durant mentored Drew Willy. Glenn mentored Bo Levi Mitchell. 'nuff said.

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!!!! My Kevin Glenn Riders jersey is now BACK IN VOGUE!!!

Anonymous said...

The Riders weren't "turning over every stone" to find a mentor. They have a mentor. His name is Jarios Jackson and he is a coach. They were looking for a quarterback! Jones makes a ridiculous amount of money and this is what he finds? No disrespect to Kevin Glen, nice guy. But at his age, Glen should be hired as a backup QB, yes, an insurance policy, in case your starter gets hurt. Not as a QB that could very well be the starter if one of the young guys doesn't step up to the plate. Jones is such a great talent evaluator so he is going to wait for a year because he sees talent on another team that he really wants. There is no guarantee that Franklin lands here next year. Is that why some are now saying that it is a four or five year rebuild? Because within the next five years, we can surely find a way to get Franklin. In the age of one year contracts in the CFL, long rebuilds are not possible. Teams have to find the best players available and develop systems that bring out the best in them; not sign 192 players and try to find players that fit the coaches ideal body type and system. Coaches should be flexible enough to recognize talent and how to utilize that talent. In some cases , Jones is trying to fit square pegs into round holes. And in the case of a QB, Jones can't get the one he wants so he is just going to stick out his bottom lip and pout until he gets what he wants. And add another year to the rebuild.

Anonymous said...

good signing as a mentor and backup to a young gun (whoever that might be)

Anonymous said...

Given the circumstances? Who put us into these circumstances? Jones did! Probably half the price of Durant? Because he has half the talent of Durant. Other key positions? QB is the key position. He handles the ball on every offensive play. So do you think the last two Grey Cup winning teams (Ottawa and Edmonton) are dummies, ignorant and uneducated? They spent a large percentage of their cap money on the QB and were successful. Maybe when you comment about someone who doesn't understand, you should look in the mirror.

Jed said...

The thing to remember about the Franklin Expedition is that it was cold when it started and cold when it ended. Have faith yee of little hope!

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones quote
“Bringing Kevin in will provide a veteran presence at quarterback while increasing the level of internal competition,” stated Riders Vice President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach Chris Jones. “Whether he is on the field or not, Kevin will have a positive impact on our group. He is a proven leader and talented player that we expect to come in and compete with the other quarterbacks for the starting position.”

Cut from above quote
"come in and compete with the other quarterbacks for the starting position.”

That pretty much says it all,after every rock has been looked under we have our QB and the young guys will remain getting second and third string reps.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the cold Franklin. Is he the only up and coming QB in the known world? And at that he is highly unproven. Gale had a few good blips as well but I don't see him starting any time soon.

w said...

Fact checked: Jones the GM, Coach, Defensive Coordinator, et al, won 5 games last season, not counting 2 preseason losses, at a salary busting .270 winning percentage. Jones is the one not proven.

Evan Wiome said...

Reilly signed his big money extension after winning the 2015 Grey Cup. His lower cap number in 2015 helped Edmonton build the roster that won the Grey Cup, and subsequently the big money now being paid to Reilly ($500k+) and Bowman ($200k+) limits the cap flexibility Edmonton has. If you hadn't noticed Edmonton went from 1st in 2015 to 4th in 2016 and those cap numbers are a contributing factor.
The only reason Ottawa was able to have the QB situation they had was because Trevor Harris played for only $150k in 2016, knowing that Burris would either be released, retire or renegotiate his contract for 2017, clearing the way for Harris to make $400k in 2017. And really, Ottawa paid all that and still only had a 9-8-1 record in 2016, and if Dickenson makes the right play call, Ottawa does not win the Grey Cup.
So yes, you are correct that a team needs a good QB to win a championship, but not that a team guarantees success by spending big on the QB position.
The Riders have significant holes at OT, DT and with National depth so they are nowhere ready to compete for a championship. The money opened up by trading Durant will give the flexibility needed to fill these roster holes.
And relax folks, if Montréal can go 9-9 in 2014 with Jonathon Crompton at QB, there is no reason why the 2017 Riders can't make strides back toward contention with a young QB.

Chris said...

Anon said..."Who put us into these circumstances? Jones did!"

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG...the previous management regime did. Taman and his crew left a team that had invested a large portion of the salary cap in a few effective but aging players. There was absolutely no depth in vast areas of the roster because of the disproportionate allocation of $$$.

I know a lot of you would like to just disconnect the on the field stuff from the business realities imposed by a salary cap but that is not possible. Yes Durant might have double the talent of Kevin Glenn, but that doesn't mean that your team is twice as good with him. At this stage in the team's rebuild getting 4 or 5 wins out of a $400K QB is not a good allocation of money, because chances are Kevin Glenn, as a more than competent CFL QB, can give you probably very similar results for half the price. And if the money is spent wisely there is a decent chance that the team overall is better.

Anonymous said...

Rod, why don't you run a little survey? One vote per person.

Check one;

In Jones we trust.
Lord help us.


I'd be curious to see how that turns out.

Tom

Anonymous said...

Poor Kevin great team guy , only problem, he always throws interceptions at the wrong time, where as durant can put the team on his back and win those important games

Anonymous said...

Qb is your most important position and sorry but Glenn couldn't get it done in his prime yet 38 so keep drinking that good green look-aide. If Durant never left he would still be a one of the top Qb's because he is wearing green and white but now he doesn't so he is trash. Kevin Glenn is the Savior now because he wears green and white...typical rider fans way of thinking lol.

Anonymous said...

I smell that Grey Cup coming home to Sask soon

Anonymous said...

It is true that having a great QB does not get you a free pass to the Grey Cup game. Conversely, not having a good QB will guarantee you a spot out of the playoffs, probably in the basement.

Anonymous said...

bahahahaha^^^^^^^^^

Anonymous said...

It is high time to stop blaming everything on Taman. Yes, there was some strange decisions made in that time but because there are so few players left from that team, it is becoming highly irrelevant. You want to talk money, then why is it that he released Chick who was reportedly making 190k and would have signed for less because he had just opened a business in Regina and liked it here, only to have Jones sign Cappicotti for 200k. We all know how that worked out. Chick had a stellar year. Cappicotti not so much and he is gone. We had a very good left tackle in Fulton but he wasn't Jones' body type, or whatever his reason was, and he is no longer here. Lemon was given a big contract and looked average at best here, however once traded to Toronto, he was tied for second in sacks by the end of the season. You do not create depth by cutting very good players and not having a replacement for them. You find a replacement, give them a chance to develop and then cut the veteran. The Riders do not have an adequate replacement for Fulton, let alone a backup. And no good right tackle either, because in spite of Jones supposed expertise at evaluating talent, he drafted St. John, who looked totally inadequate last year. Jones looked at 3000 players, signed 192 and dressed 102 but we have a lot of positions with no good starter, let alone a backup. In some of those positions, he released a better starter than he ended up with. It makes absolutely no sense to me that Jones was paying a DE 200k but doesn't want to pay a QB anymore than 200k. Jones is a defensive guy, I understand that, but there has to be money allocated for a good offence also. In spite of the fact that there was huge money put into the defence, they still had the worst defence in the league. Perhaps if Jones hadn't paid a chosen few defensive players so much, we could have kept Durant. It seems to me that, like Taman, there is still a problem with where money is allocated.

Anonymous said...

Jonsey is still trying to clean up the errors of the previous regime by not bringing in a bonafide back up at QB and messing up the salary cap with three or four high paid players that were over 30 and not worth the money. Even Oday said in fall 2015 that they couldnt bring in NFL talent as they were salary cap considerations. Durant is yesterday's man, and gone, and we need to get over it. Needed an experienced QB such as Glenn. And remember the Rider offense udner him led a lot of stats in offense in 2015, Never should have been traded Lots of good young talent at QB but it will take some time. G;enn is a good solution for now.

Anonymous said...

About time I see a rider fan that makes complete sense...about time.

Anonymous said...

John Chick not with the money...he was a beast smart guy. Dresser was good also, you don't watch football I guess

Anonymous said...

I skipped through all these posts with the thought being they'd be all over the map. This blog knows I post from time to time but not much and my position on things. Get over Durant. I'm ok with this. How much is glen getting? If it's been covered my opoliGies. I'm guessing allot less than dd. I'M So ok with this rider nut heads. sucks no pats games till weekend wowwwww what a team!! Go pats go riders!!

BYOB

eman said...

I'm telling you guys Armanti Edwards is the best QB you have on this team. Accurate, strong arm, makes good decisions, exciting to watch with the ball. He's not flashy in practice, but when the lights come on he brings it. I hope he gets a REAL chance. You will not be disappointed.

Rod Pedersen said...

His knees are shot.
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eman said...

So he can play WR but not QB? Interesting. I've followed his whole career and don't think he's ever had a major knee injury. He did have an ankle injury in Cleveland so maybe that could affect his wheels.