Bears decline fifth-year option on Mitchell Trubisky, says report
- Mitchell Trubisky joined the Chicago Bears as a prime pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he endured a disappointing 2019 season.
The Chicago Bears have declined the fifth-year option on the rookie contract of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Saturday.
Trubisky’s deal is set to expire at the end of the 2020 season, and in that campaign he will have to compete with Nick Foles – acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars in March – for practice repetitions and the starting job.
Trubisky will be playing for his next contract – whether it is in Chicago or elsewhere.
The Bears traded up from the third pick to number two overall in the 2017 draft to select Trubisky out of North Carolina, but he has failed to live up to his draft status.
The success of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, who were drafted later in the first round, has added to the pain felt by Chicago supporters.
Trubisky started 14 games in 2018 with a 95.4 passer rating, helped lead the Bears to a playoff berth and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
He regressed last year, posting an 83.0 passer rating and seeing a drop-off in his completion percentage, yards and touchdowns, prompting Chicago to trade a fourth-round draft pick for Foles.
Trubisky was the first draft pick made by general manager Ryan Pace and was hailed as the foundation of a rebuild in the mould of the New Orleans Saints, for whom Pace had worked previously.
With the deadline to decide on fifth-year options for the 2017 draft class coming on Monday, that crop of players has come under the microscope in recent days.
While Mahomes, drafted number 12 overall, has been the crown jewel of the class, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is the only top-five pick to have his fifth-year option picked up.
Earlier this week, the San Francisco 49ers declined their option on defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, as did the Jaguars with running back Leonard Fournette and the Tennessee Titans with wide receiver Corey Davis.