After dealing for Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chicago Bears must trade Mitchell Trubisky as soon as humanly possible.
The Chicago Bears traded for the former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback on Wednesday. All it took was a compensatory pick in the fourth-round to get the worst contract in football off Jacksonville’s hands. Foles has a previous working relationship with Matt Nagy, so this means the Bears have to trade Trubisky for anything they can get.
What we have to remember is Nagy wasn’t the Bears head coach when Chicago traded up from No. 3 to No. 2 to draft Trubisky out of North Carolina in 2017. John Fox was still leading the Bears, as Nagy was the offensive coordinator for Andy Reid‘s Kansas City Chiefs. Despite getting him to a Pro Bowl in 2018, Nagy knows Trubisky can’t be the Bears quarterback next year.
With three years worth of starting experience under his belt, it’s not like Trubisky will improve any more as a signal-caller in this league. Although he’s a likable guy with good athleticism, he proved to be more Midwest Blake Bortles than we initially thought. It seems as though Trubisky’s NFL career will only continue as a backup or maybe a spot-starter if the No. 1 option goes down.
Because the Bears haven’t extended him the fifth-year option yet, 2020 will be the last year Trubisky will be under contract. He could go to a new team and maybe compete for a starting job if the quarterback room is in that rough of a shape. Let’s hope not. If he wins it and plays well, he could be back with his new club, even if that team doesn’t end up exercising the fifth-year option.
Regardless, the Bears need to find a trade partner for Trubisky as fast as humanly possible. Otherwise, he will be released and some other team can pick him up on a much cheaper deal. Bears general manager Ryan Pace must admit he made a mistake in trading up to draft Trubisky in 2017. Dealing him after he traded for Foles is the only logical move for him to make at this point.
Foles needs to be given a fair shake at being the Bears’ starting quarterback in 2020 without a high draft pick like Trubisky holding a clipboard behind him. Chicago should sign someone like Matt Moore or draft some like Jake Fromm in the second round this spring. The Bears have to move on from Trubisky, preferably in a trade. They have no other choice and everybody knows this.