Bills, Mitchell Trubisky Agree To Deal

Mitchell Trubisky found a landing spot, and it will not give him a chance to start in 2021 (barring injury). The former Bears quarterback intends to sign with the Bills, Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com report (on Twitter). The Bills have announced the signing. It’s a one-year deal worth $2.5MM, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter).

The former No. 2 overall pick will be set to back up Josh Allen in Buffalo. This marks the latest in a slew of bridge- or backup-level quarterback signings this week, and it will end Trubisky’s scrutinized four-year tenure in Chicago. It is a one-year agreement, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.

A Cleveland-area native, Trubisky will return to the shores of Lake Erie in an effort to stabilize his career. While the Bears did advance to the playoffs in two of the maligned passer’s four seasons, Trubisky’s Chicago tenure veered off course quickly. The one-year North Carolina starter showed early in his run he was incapable of playing on the level of fellow 2017 first-round QBs Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. The Bears used Trubisky as a starter for most of his four seasons with the team but have since signed Andy Dalton.

This will put Trubisky ahead of another quarterback who has seen his value drop, with Jake Fromm now having a more difficult path to becoming Allen’s top backup. Once rumored as a first-round pick, the ex-Georgia passer went in the 2020 fifth round. Fromm now projects as Buffalo’s third-stringer again. Previous Bills backup Matt Barkley is a free agent.

The Bears, who traded up for Trubisky four years ago, turned to him as their Week 1 starter again in 2020. But Matt Nagy benched him in Week 3. However, Nagy reinstalled Trubisky as his QB1 after Nick Foles then struggled and suffered an injury. Trubisky helped the Bears beat some sub-.500 opposition down the stretch, but that run was good enough to lift the team to the postseason for the second time in three years. Trubisky, his Nickelodeon MVP award notwithstanding, struggled in a one-sided loss to the Saints. He will attempt to regroup behind Allen in Buffalo.

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28 comments on “Bills, Mitchell Trubisky Agree To Deal

    • The Mistake of Giving Eugene Melnyk a Liver Transplant

      Anything over league minimum is a overpay.

    • secretsatan

      The Bears have never had an even decent solution at quarterback in my lifetime. Trubisky was better than most of them, sadly, and even if he wasn’t worth the trade up by Chicago, he’s just another in a long line of flops.

        • secretsatan

          Cutler was 51-51 as a starter with 154/109 TD/INT and a mediocre completion percentage. He was inconsistent as hell and a crybaby. Yeah he got to an NFC championship and sat on the bench with a hurt hand or whatever and a big old frown on his face. Grossman played in the SB so I guess he also wasn’t bad.

          • dray16

            ok, I was responding to the poster that asked if cutler ever had a winning record. nice write up..lol

      • Rosstradamus

        Dave Krieg-1996 Better than Cutler, McMahon AND Trubisky! Too bad it was his Age-38 season tho! ;)

  1. ron swanson

    Trubearsky to Trubillsky. At least he’ll have a chance to win a playoff game.

  2. parx

    Trubisky is better than dalton and ended up with a real organization, good for him, Pace and Nagy set him up to fail and then were surprised by his failure, relegate the bears to nfl europe

  3. bestno5

    Maybe he wants to go somewhere where they will work with him and help him get better. I don’t think it’s a bad move. Might change his career if they can get him to his potential

  4. 05munds

    Wow kind of surprise in this move. There must not of been a lot of interest in him. Good pick up for the bills

  5. thebare54

    That’s a great spot for Mitch and a good team if Allen get hurt Mitch is 28-23 that will hold water

  6. whipmaster

    Trubisky is not great but he is not a scrub either. He just had the misfortune of getting drafted higher than he should have and not being able to live up to the draft position and the trade the Bears made to get that pick. A 26 year old with a winning record as a starter is nice guy to have as a backup QB for the Bills.

  7. cubsnomore

    I’m not a Bears fan but from Chicago. Mitch really isn’t that bad. He got stuck in Nagy’s crap offensive “scheme” with no offensive line. In Buffalo he will get much better qb training. I hope he can turn that into a better career in 2022.

    • beerncheese

      Talent wise I actually think he is better than a few starters out there. He just doesn’t seem to have an elite head for the game. Inconsistent, poor decisions in crunch time etc. Good to get away from Bears mess. I wish him well.

  8. Yesterday on his radio show, Mike Greenberg said that the perfect landing spot for Trubisky would be Buffalo. His line of thinking was that Trubs and Josh Allen have a similar skill set, and that he could take a year off to learn from someone who was similarly skilled. Also, if an injury occured to Allen, Trubs would be able to step in without requiring a lot of changes to the offensive game plan (just a drop off in ability lol). Good call, Greeny!

  9. louwhitakerisahofer

    Trubisky will get some snaps, just not at Allen’s expense. The Bears were starting to use him as a gadget package guy, but if memory serves, he got hurt. When he was healthy, they put him back in to start. I’ll be interested to see what Buffalo does with him.

  10. crosseyedlemon

    So Mitch is getting the same financial deal as the undrafted Tim Boyle who has a career total of 15 passing yards? That’s quite the tumble from being the second overall pick.

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