Coming off a career year with the Blue Bombers, you would think quarterback Kevin Glenn would be looking forward to the upcoming season.
But according to the Winnipeg Free Press, Glenn is growing increasingly frustrated with the Blue Bombers as contract negotiations slow to a crawl.
Glenn told the Free Press that if he doesn't have a new contract before training camp, he will play out his option this season and move on.
"You can't put a gun to somebody's head and make them do something," Glenn told the Free Press. "I've already made it clear that if it gets to camp without a deal done then I'll play it out. If that's how they want to take the situation then it is what it is."
"I honestly think this should have been done already, but I'm not the GM or the president or the person who makes the final decisions," Glenn added. "There's other guys in this league who didn't have this type of year and they still got things done."
The report indicates the Bombers' offer is in the $325,000 range but last season's East Division nominee for Most Outstanding Player is looking for something closer to $400,000. Last season, it is believed that Glenn made about $150,000 in base salary but by season's end, he collected roughly $300,000 after bonuses. The new offer is said to include more guaranteed money.
"We've had discussions with Kevin and, now with his agent, about our parameters and the levels we want to get to," Bombers general manager Brendan Taman told the Free Press. "Obviously, it hasn't met what they're looking for."
"We've got to be cap- conscious... we want to be fair to Kevin, no doubt about that. But up until February 15, our nine free agents were our top priority. And now Kevin is at the top of our next list. Hopefully we can still get an agreement done. We'll keep banging away at it. "
While Glenn has threatened to leave after the season if a new deal isn't worked out, he would prefer to stay in the Manitoba capital for many years. But sometimes the business of sports forces change.
"I don't want anybody to get the impression I'm not happy in Winnipeg," Glenn told the newspaper. "It's not that I want to leave or go anywhere else. Everybody does business differently and in this business, you have to understand that."
"And I've never complained publicly about past negotiations and always said, 'it's going to get done' and it has in the past," Glenn added. "My thing is the timing of this all: coming off that type of season... let's just say you'd think something would have been done by now."
Last season, Glenn threw for over 5,000 yards with 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He led the Blue Bombers to the East Division Final before suffering a broken arm and missing the Grey Cup Game.
one good year doesn't warrent $400,000, especially if you never played a full season in your career.