Are you in need an experienced, veteran quarterback from who you know exactly what you’ll be getting? Who ya gonna call? If you are a CFL GM, there is one leading answer to that question it seems.
In poker the highest hand you can have, when playing without wild cards, is a Royal flush or 10, jack, Queen king and Ace all of the same suit. It’s obviously going to be pretty rare to get 5 straight cards like that. Something tells me though that if you sat down at the card table with venerable CFL quarterback Kevin Glenn, he might just do it.
Having signed on with Edmonton with a one-year contract the Esks have now become the ninth of the nine CFL teams to hold Glenn’s rights. The Illinois State alum first made it into the league with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2001, starting eight games. He’s also played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Calgary Stampeders, the B.C. Lions and the Montreal Alouettes. The Toronto Argonauts and the Ottawa Redblacks have held his rights, but he didn’t suit up for either of them.
At 38, Glenn proved he still has something to offer last year. During the 2017 season he started 17 games for Saskatchewan and threw for 4,038 yards, 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Signing as a backup to reigning CFL MOP Mike Reilly, Glenn seems like a pretty good insurance policy for Edmonton at this stage.
This move makes sense for Edmonton too. Having seen James Franklin depart for the Argos they needed some depth behind Reilly and the man often known as the ‘league’s greatest insurance policy’ certainly offers that.
Glenn is currently the sixth-leading CFL all-time passer with 52,867 yards, behind only Toronto’s Ricky Ray among active players. He’s thrown 294 touchdown passes and averaged 8.2 yards per attempt along with those 50,000 plus yards since 2001.
In one respect Glenn’s career feels like it has come full circle here. He was initially on the negotiating list of the Esks’ back in 2000, before finally signing on with the Riders in 2001. Glenn has joked in interviews before, stating that he planned to sign a one-day contract with the Esks to ensure he’d made every roster possible. Well now he’s gone one better and will be on their depth chart in a year they will look to hoist the Grey Cup as hosts.
It’s already been an incredible journey for Glenn, the ultimate journeyman. let’s just see how the final stop pans out. Of course if commissioner Ambrosie means what he says about expanding a team into the Atlantic territories, Glenn might still want to think about signing that one day contract some time in the future with a 10th team!