The Oakland Raiders have signed former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin to a three-year deal, according to his agent. The two sides were reportedly close to a deal this morning.
McGloin completed 270 passes for 3,271 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions during his senior year, and was at the helm during the Jerry Sandusky scandal that resulted in Joe Paterno’s firing.
He worked out for the Carolina Panthers last week, and ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas says there’s something special to McGloin:
When McGloin went to Penn State University as a walk-on, I, like a lot of people, thought that would be the last we’d ever hear of him. Fact is, he is short and the arm strength isn’t great.
But there’s something special about McGloin. Call it intangibles, call it moxie or whatever you want. The guy somehow worked his way into the starting quarterback job at Penn State, something never before accomplished by a walk-on at that school.
McGloin was pretty ordinary at first. But when things started crumbling at Penn State due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, McGloin became a rock. As other highly-touted players were transferring away and Penn State was going through its first coaching change in about 50 years, McGloin held the program together. He turned in a record-setting senior year as Penn State recorded a very respectable season.
McGloin will join Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, and Tyler Wilson as the quarterbacks on the roster. GM Reggie McKenzie has said that he would ideally like to have four quarterbacks under contract, so adding McGloin essentially puts a wrap on the position.