ISN CFL Report- Why is the Glenn signing significant

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Kevin Glenn

The Canadian Football League quarterback carousel continued this past week as the Edmonton Eskimos found a backup for Mike Reilly. The Eskimos have decided to sign the 38 year-old Kevin Glenn.

Why is the Glenn signing significant? Well, he has now been part of every Canadian Football League team. However one should realize he has never actually played for the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks. He has just been traded to each of their organizations.

Glenn will definitely provide the Eskimos stability and insurance at the quarterback position in case that Reilly goes down with an injury. It is important that the Eskimos have a reliable, experienced backup because Reilly has an aggressive style of play. While with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2007, Glenn was nominated for the Canadian Football League’s most outstanding player but lost out to Kerry Joseph of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Roughriders meanwhile were the team Glenn played for last year. He completed 318 passes in 468 attempts for 4038 yards, 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. However he became expendable when the Roughriders acquired Zach Collaros from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Saskatchewan also appears to be comfortable having Brandon Bridge (aka Air Canada) backup Collaros next season.

The Montreal Alouettes meanwhile made a change at quarterback this past week. The Alouettes signed former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman to a two year contract and released Darian Durant. It will now be interesting to see if Freeman will be given the starting job or if he will have to battle Drew Willy for the number one job in training camp.

Freeman was the starting quarterback for four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2012. However he has only had five starts in the NFL (three games with the Buccaneers and one start each with the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts) since 2013 and it may take time for Freeman adjust to the CFL style of play.

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