Bears decline Trubisky’s fifth-year option for 2021

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Chicago Bears have declined the fifth-year option on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s contract. Now, Trubisky will be a free agent after this season.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, only one player in the Top 5 of the 2017 Draft class had their fifth-year player option picked up. The Cleveland Browns exercised Myles Garrett’s fifth-year option.

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky attempting a pass against the Los Angeles Rams
Mitchell Trubisky attempting a pass against the Los Angeles Rams (Photo by the Associated Press/Mark J. Terrill)

However, the Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tennessee Titans all declined their options for the players they drafted. This list includes Trubisky, Solomon Thomas, Leonard Fournette, and Corey Davis.

Now, Trubisky will make $825,000 as a base salary in 2020. He has a $4.8 million signing bonus and a $3.6 roster bonus for this season.

Trubisky struggled last season in Matt Nagy’s offense. In the off-season, the Bears acquired Nick Foles in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Nagy has said that there will be an open competition for the starting quarterback role when the season starts.

The 25-year-old Mentor, Ohio native went 8-7 last season as a starter. He went 326 of 516 for 3,138 yards with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

While his stats say one thing, his play on the field was horrible a lot of the time. Even Nagy benched him in favor of Chase Daniel during the season.

He only had two games, where he passed for more than 300 games n a game. The first-time came when he threw for 338 yards against the Detroit Lions in a 24-20 win on Thanksgiving Day.

Then, in Week 13, he had 334 yards against the Green Bay Packers on December 15th.

In his three-year career, he has appeared in 41 games, including 41 starts. Trubisky is 23-18 as a starter.

He is 811 of 1,280 for 8,554 yards. He has thrown 48 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions.

His best year of his career thus far was during the 2018 season when he guided the Bears team to an 11-3 record as a starter.

He went 289 of 434 for 3,223 yards. He had threw 24 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.

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