The Bears did not decide up the fifth-year possibility of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky earlier than the season, making most imagine there was little probability the No. 2 total decide within the 2017 NFL Draft would return to Chicago with a brand new contract in 2021.
However that was earlier than the Bears went 6-Three with him as their beginning QB they usually made the playoffs at 8-8. Trubisky did not gentle issues up and make a sudden bounce to top-flight passer by any means, however he was efficient in shifting the offense alongside together with his arm, accuracy and athleticism, to the purpose he was a a lot better possibility than midseason alternative Nick Foles.
Trubisky made the choice on his future trickier with a December to recollect. Whereas the Bears scored a minimum of 30 factors in 4 consecutive video games for the primary time in 55 years, Trubisky put up these numbers, leaning closely on the stellar operating of second-year again David Montgomery: 72.four completion share, 108.5 passer score, 8.1 yards per try, 73 yards speeding, Eight whole TDs to solely Three turnovers.
Now the Bears are confronted with a troublesome query. Ought to they convey again Trubisky as a relative worth vs. the remainder of the QB market in 2021? Or ought to they let him stroll as deliberate in free company, and go forward with the plan to focus on one other QB excessive within the draft or discover a completely different veteran bridge possibility?
Had the Bears collapsed and never snuck into the playoffs as an NFC wild-card No. 7, that will be a no brainer. However now with the Bears out of the highest 18 picks with out a clear shot at their QB of alternative and a salary-cap crunch, determining what they need to do at crucial place below coach Matt Nagy is crucial name of their upcoming offseason.
How a lot wouldn’t it price the Bears to re-sign Mitchell Trubisky?
The Bears are projected to be just a little over the projected wage cap for 2021 with the gamers they’ll have below contract. Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is the best lower candidate to make some room ($10.5 million), folowing by tight finish Jimmy Graham ($7 million) and offensive sort out Bobby Massie ($5.four million).
They can not afford to speculate large cash to both maintain or purchase gamers. Huge receiver Allen Robinson is totally anticipated to stroll and discover a third NFL workforce, one that may compensate him higher forward of his age 28 season, looking for a greater quarterback/offensive state of affairs.
The Bears might need gotten the most effective of each worlds with Trubisky by way of not being ok to earn a top-half QB wage but additionally ok to be a worthy return on funding. Trubisky made $7.2 million this season, so Chicago might bump him as much as one thing like 2 years at $20-$25 million and nonetheless be bottom-third in paying its beginning QB.
If the Bears suppose Trubisky can additional enhance below Nagy and or a minimum of facilitate elements of the offense to achieve success whereas relying on their protection to assist them win extra video games, that is the equal of a high-end backup’s wage and simply greater than what a rookie first-round decide would make over the subsequent two years. They may nonetheless maintain Foles as fairly priced contingency plan or discover a strategy to commerce him to be another person’s No. 2.
What are the Bears’ free-agent options?
There’s not a lot on the market that will really feel like higher spending. Dak Prescott can be re-signing with the Cowboys and Philip Rivers might simply retire if he does not re-sign with the Colts. Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andy Dalton have little attraction as Foles-like stopgaps. Jacoby Brissett has some intrigue, however then once more, that seems like a transfer parallel to protecting Trubisky for a QB that should study Nagy’s system.
The Bears already did not have curiosity in Cam Newton or Jameis Winston when each had been free brokers in 2020. They may take into consideration buying and selling for the Eagles’ Carson Wentz, however their cap state of affairs is quite prohibitive to make that work. The veteran market does not supply any apparent different options, given for the way low cost they’ll maintain Trubisky with Nagy.
Who might the Bears draft?
This then is the one different query for Chicago to reply. Ought to type maintain within the playoffs with the Bears shedding within the wild-card spherical, they might decide No. 20. They do not have numerous good methods to commerce up into the highest 10 from there to focus on BYU’s Zach Wilson. North Dakota State’s Trey Lance is a extra sensible risk, however he is headed to a top-half decide now.
For the Bears’ functions, Florida’s Kyle Trask and Alabama’s Mac Jones is perhaps reaches at No. 20, additionally given tapping into a robust broad receiver class will grow to be a precedence with Robinson about to depart. The Bears nonetheless ought to take into consideration drafting a QB however bringing again Trubisky and drafting somebody equivalent to Georgia’s Jamie Newman, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett or Iowa State’s Brock Purdy with a Day 2 or Day Three decide looks as if.the higher route.
Similar to Trubisky wasn’t dangerous sufficient to overlook about in 2021, the Bears had been doubtless too good for touchdown Wilson or Lance as soon as Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields are off the board first.
Bears followers might wish to groan on the considered Trubisky returning. However for Bears’ officers, he is given them motive to be their most obvious, continued short-term resolution — with nonetheless the potential to be a longer-term one with an enormous second probability.