QB - CHI
Less than a week after declining Mitch Trubisky's fifth-year tender, Bears GM Ryan Pace said that “We believe in Mitch — that doesn’t change."
Trubisky's days as a starting quarterback seemed to be behind him after the Bears recently traded for Nick Foles, but Pace's comments contradict that common thought. Pace has really tied his reputation to the former second-overall pick after he traded up for him in 2017 and lauded him as the future of the franchise. Since then Trubisky has struggled, posting a 48/29 TD/INT ratio and going 23-18 with a roster full of talent, while only seeing one playoff game in three seasons. There's a slight chance that Mitch can win the starting gig in camp this year, but Foles seems to have a lock on the job. Our consensus rankings have Foles ranked as our 31st overall quarterback and Trubisky as the 34th, meaning that we predict Foles to start as well. These quotes from Pace sound like encouraging coachspeak in hopes to light a fire under Trubisky in a contract year, but it would be shocking to see anyone besides Foles under center Week 1.
The Bears are declining Mitch Trubisky‘s fifth-year option and he should become a free agent after the 2020 season.
As expected, the Bears will not pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year option and is a free agent after the 2020 season. Trubisky will compete with Nick Foles for the Bears’ starting QB job. The 25-year-old threw for 3.318 yards with a 17-10 TD:INT ratio across 15 games in 2019. He would have been owed $24 million in 2021. Trubisky is currently 35th among all quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Mitchell Trubisky may not have his fifth-year option picked up by the Bears.
The Bears traded for Nick Foles this off-season for a fourth-round compensatory pick. Trubisky will compete with Foles for the Bears' starting QB job after struggling most of 2019. He threw for 3,318 yards with a 17:10 TD:INT ratio across 15 games last season. Trubisky is owed $24 million in 2021. The 25-year-old is currently 34th among all quarterbacks in the expert consensus rankings.
Bear's General Manager Ryan Pace said that "it's an open competition" regarding the Bears' starting quarterback position.
After being drafted second overall in 2017, Trubisky took the starting job from Mike Glennon prior to Week 5 and has never had that role threatened. This offseason, however, has been a very different story as the Bears aggressively shopped the free agent market, eventually settling for multi-year deal with Nick Foles. This is Trubisky's last guaranteed season on his rookie deal before the Bears are forced to make a decision regarding his fifth-year option estimated to be around $24M. Pace's comments make it appear as though Trubisky and the newly acquired Foles will battle it out for the starting job in Chicago. Over the last few season, the Bears' staff has consistently lauded Trubisky's performance in camp, although it hasn't translated to much in-game success. While Foles looked primed to take the reins immediately as the starter, this situation will require some attention over the coming months.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace told reporters that Mitch Trubisky will open the new season as the team's starting quarterback.
Despite this commitment, the team has remained open to competition under center for Trubisky given the QB's struggles, especially in 2019. Trubisky was a popular break-out player last fantasy draft season, but given the lack of job security for the full season and his poor production in 2019, he is currently the QB25 in our early expert consensus rankings.
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