In a CFL trade that would make too much sense, Glenn, a veteran quarterback with the going-nowhere Saskatchewan Roughriders, should be dealt to the Grey Cup-contending Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Maybe it’s too logical for the CFL.
The Tiger-Cats have lost Zach Collaros, their starting quarterback and superstar-in-the-making, with a knee injury that could sideline him the rest of the season. Under Kent Austin, Hamilton’s head coach and general manager, the Tiger-Cats have built the CFL’s best team. Like all CFL teams its destiny depends on its quarterback.
Collaros was injured during Saturday’s 25-18 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos. His backups, Jeff Mathews and Jacory Harris, were underwhelming and, indeed, cost the Tiger-Cats a potential victory with their turnovers. If Hamilton hopes to qualify for a third straight Grey Cup, it needs a reliable pivot.
Enter Glenn, who is winding down his 15-year career as a fill-in for injured Riders starter Darian Durant.
The Riders’ record fell to 1-11 after losing 30-27 Saturday to the visiting Ottawa Redblacks — Glenn looked fine in his first start since recovering from a torn pectoral muscle — so Saskatchewan really doesn’t need an experienced quarterback.
With six meaningless games remaining, the Roughriders need to determine if unproven Brett Smith and/or Keith Price can develop into CFL quarterbacks. It’s a great opportunity to groom backups, or in a worst-case scenario, someone who can replace Durant if he doesn’t return to full strength next season after missing most of a second campaign with a torn tendon.
Glenn has played for five CFL teams — this is his second stint in Saskatchewan — including 2009-11 in Hamilton. He’s proven himself a popular teammate, capable of stepping into any situation. The Ticats also have a bye week approaching, so there’s time to indoctrinate the veteran.
Glenn deserves to win a Grey Cup, something that has eluded him so far. After he’s done leading the Ticats to a championship he can return to Saskatchewan as a quarterbacks coach, a position that is currently unfilled on the Riders staff.
The Roughriders are still sorting things out since head coach Bob Dyce and general manager Jeremy O’Day got their roles on interim bases following the firings of Corey Chamblin and Brendan Taman
O’Day certainly has the authority to make such a deal. If the Riders acquired a conditional draft choice and a prospect of negotiation-list player for Glenn, it could solidify O’Day as a long-term GM. O’Day also knows Austin very well — he was the starting centre on Saskatchewan’s team that Austin coached to the 2007 Grey Cup.
It’s all so logical….