2. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are trying to profess confidence in and commitment to Mitch Trubisky, but the proof will be in the pudding as the decision to pick up his fifth-year option looms in May. For now, and as much as it’s worth, the team has named him their starter for 2020.
After a disappointing 2019 campaign, the Bears have a head coach (Matt Nagy) and a general manager (Ryan Pace) who are heading toward a critical season. The perception of Nagy as an offensive genius has faded (perhaps, mostly due to the limitations of his quarterback?), and the move to trade up one spot to draft Trubisky lingers over Pace.
At least adding some legit competition for Trubisky has to be on the offseason radar for Chicago. But if there’s a way to outright replace him, with ample options to consider in free agency or via the trade market, that has to be something that’s considered.
Health will be the buzzword that trails Newton, independent of his passing a physical from the Panthers next month (which he most surely will, barring something unforeseen). But the Bears are a team that needs to embrace that risk, or they again may be stuck with sub-optimal play under center from Trubisky next season.