Bears To Decline Mitch Trubisky’s Option?

The Bears have kept mum on the situation, but league sources believe they will decline Mitchell Trubisky’s fifth-year option, according to’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Currently, the 2021 add-on is projected to be north of $24MM.

Rumored to bring in a veteran to compete with Trubisky early this offseason, Chicago did so by acquiring Nick Foles from Jacksonville. The Super Bowl LII MVP figures to have a good chance of unseating the 2017 No. 2 overall pick as the Bears’ starting quarterback. Trubisky’s future in the Windy City became murky after GM Ryan Pace swung the Foles deal.

In 2019, Trubisky couldn’t stay healthy. Throughout the year, he was plagued with hip, shoulder, and other trouble. In the offseason, he went under the knife to fix the torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. The typical recovery time for the labrum surgery is around two months. Trubisky’s surgery took place sometime in January, so the Bears should have some read on his status before the fifth-year option date.

In 2018, the former North Carolina passer posted a 95.4 quarterback rating and threw for 24 touchdowns against 12 interceptions en route to a Pro Bowl nod. Last year, however, was a pretty big step back – he had just 17 TDs against ten INTs and the Bears’ talented D couldn’t make up for the offense’s shortcomings. The Bears went 8-7 in Trubisky’s 15 starts and finished .500 on the season, leaving them short of the postseason.

Trubisky’s name will always be linked to Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, the quarterbacks on whom the Bears passed three years ago. It is certainly possible Trubisky will not be part of the 2021 Bears.

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33 comments on “Bears To Decline Mitch Trubisky’s Option?

  1. goldenmisfit

    The day he was drafted I said he would be the biggest quarterback first round draft bust since Ryan left and so far it appears I was correct. Not a Bears fan but thought they should have drafted either Watson or Mahomes.

      • JoeBrady

        When you draft someone that absolutely could not stay in FB condition, even in college when his drafting spot was on the line, how much effort do you think he will put in after you give $20M?

        • Pace should be fired, we had the worst offensive line in the league last year and he has done nothing to address it, he traded up to pass on mahomes and Watson, Floyd has already been cut Kevin white has already been out of football, and Roquan is a head case, he let kwitkowski walk and kept trevathan when trevathan has missed time with injuries every year on the bears, shaheen trey burton and the rest of the pathetic tight ends last year are his fault, Taylor Gabriel was a slot receiver who couldn’t play in the slot, Cody parkey, he just traded a 4th rounder next year for a 5th rounder this year, Ryan pace is a worthless moron, offensive lines make good quarterbacks look bad and makes bad quarterbacks look good and this idiot refuses to do anything about it

          • JoeBrady

            Yup. My friend is a Bears’ fan. The OL was a weakness last year, and ti will be a weakness next year. To make it worse, Trubisky gets negatively impacted by a bad o-line, so you won’t know if a bad year is his fault, or the fault of the o-line.

            • crosseyedlemon

              Ironically the only person who might be fault free for last season’s mess is Cody Parkey…lol.

    • washington_bonercats

      In the mighty words of Mike Myers dressed as a man cat, You’re not just wrong. You’re stupid.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I’m starting to warm up to the idea of Mike as the next NFL commissioner :)

    • realsox

      Well, goldenmisfit, you weren’t exactly alone out on a long limb. There have been doubts about him expressed from virtually every quarter. Still, he’s young. And one of the biggest criticisms of his selection was that he had little experience as a starting quarterback. He’s been gaining that experience, and I think his future is still before him, if not with the Bears, then with another NFL team. I wish him well.

    • Michael Chaney

      I mean he did make a Pro Bowl. He hasn’t panned out (and I agree that the Bears would probably be best served moving on), but calling him the biggest QB bust since Ryan Leaf is a stretch.

      JaMarcus Russell and even Jake Locker definitely deserve to be higher.

      • angels24

        But the only reason he was in the pro bowl was because like 2-3 qbs in the NFC declined to play in the game, so they had to throw him out there, making him a pro bowler

      • goldenmisfit

        Calling him the biggest bust is mainly because what Chicago had to sacrifice to move up to get him. I can’t recall another time a guy picked in the top three of the draft and then the team trades for another quarterback three years later.

  2. imindless

    This writing was on the wall after awful mack trade. There window has effectively close before it even began.

    • DarkSide830

      Mack trade would have been fine so long as they had a half-competent starting QB. the defence has handled itself.

      • Priggs89

        “Mack trade would have been fine so long as they had a half-competent starting offensive line. the defense has handled itself.”


  3. crosseyedlemon

    OH, GEEZ! How much are they going to overpay Mike Glennon this time?

      • seth3120

        When you trade a player you trade his salary. He will sign somewhere but for much less after his declined option(assuming Foles looks good). When Foles has been in a good position he has done well and when he hasn’t he hasn’t. We shall see

  4. Priggs89

    Even if he starts and plays well this year, nobody is going to pay him more than $24m next year based on his track record. There’s no point in picking up the option, even if they want to keep him.

    Also, he’s not even close to the team’s biggest issue. The o-line, TE’s, play calling, and overall insistence on keeping Trubisky in the pocket to start the year (HOPEFULLY injury-related) sabotaged both the pass and run games last year – of which, only TE has been sufficiently addressed this offseason (with Kmet, NOT Graham).

    • goldenmisfit

      No way he starts after they just traded for Foles and his head coach just crucified him by publicly stating Trubisky did not spend nowhere near enough time studying film that he should have.

    • wagner13

      That’d actually be a great buy-low option for New England. They’ll have to shed some salary though

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