Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn, who has led Hamilton to back-to-back home playoff games since unseating Quinton Porter as starter, has signed a two-year contract extension with the club, sportsnet.ca has learned.
The deal will allow Glenn to avoid hitting free agency at the end of the season when his original deal with the franchise – signed in the spring of 2009 after being cut by Winnipeg – was set to expire.
Including a signing bonus believed to be $75,000, Glenn could make as much as $300,000 should he hit his incentives, or effectively repeat last season’s individual numbers.
A press conference will be held later this week, likely Thursday.
“Nothing less than a Grey Cup appearance is what is going through the guys’ minds this year,” Glenn said. “Because we didn’t get there, we’re due. For all of Hamilton… We’re not going to say we’re going to get there, we’re going to take it.”
Glenn is coming off his best season as a pro, throwing for over 5,000 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Glenn led Winnipeg to the Grey Cup in 2007 before being hurt in the East final. After underachieving in the post-season last year, the 31-year-old from Detroit realizes this is a crossroads campaign for the Tiger-Cats, who have had home playoff games in each of the last two seasons but lost both.
“The first year we brought playoff football back, the next year we had real high expectations and had a bunch of individual success across the board where things didn’t happen in Hamilton before. It’s a process with some steps,” Glenn said. “This year it’s about team success so all of us get to Grey Cup.”
Throughout the off-season the Tiger-Cats have lost some Canadian depth, but added another effective offensive weapon (running back Avon Cobourne from Montreal) to help ignite Hamilton’s offence. An expected announcement to reveal Arland Bruce has also extended his contract — first reported by sportsnet.ca’s Perry Lefko — will keep Glenn’s most important target in the fold.
With the move the Tiger-Cats have their top two quarterbacks under contract long-term. Hamilton also extended Porter’s deal just last month.