Trubisky Hopes To Play Entire Career With Bears

Mitchell Trubisky could be in play for a contract extension in a year.

Chris Emma
June 12, 2019 - 1:57 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Entering his third NFL season, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is about a year away from when contract considerations first come into play.

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Trubisky has two years and nearly $3.8 million in base salary remaining on his rookie contract. Beyond that, the Bears also hold a fifth-year option on his deal for 2021, but teams often look to lock in their quarterbacks long term if they believe they're among the top tier in the league.

Last Thursday, the Eagles signed quarterback Carson Wentz, the second overall pick in 2016, to a four-year extension worth up to $128 million and with $107 million guaranteed. When added to the two years remaining on his rookie contract, it totals $154 million.

The second overall pick a year after Wentz, Trubisky took notice of the deal in Philadelphia.

"It was pretty cool to see," Trubisky told reporters ahead of practice at Halas Hall on Wednesday. "He got it done. We have the same agent, so I got to hear a little more about how they got it done. From what I heard, it was beneficial to the player and the organization. They’re very happy with it. I know my agents were pumped with it as well."

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Trubisky completed 66.6 percent of his passes and threw for 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2018. He helped the Bears to a worst-to-first turnaround in the NFC North, showcasing growth and earning a Pro Bowl nod under the watch of first-year coach Matt Nagy.

The progress Trubisky showed in his second season was similar to that of Wentz in 2017, when he completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions, leading the Eagles from 7-9 the year before to the NFC East title. Though Wentz suffered a torn ACL in late December of that season, Philadelphia still went on to win the Super Bowl.

There are parallels between Wentz and Trubisky that will continue to follow their young career. Trubisky hopes that also includes a long-term deal like Wentz received.

"I want to play this game as long as possible, and I want to do it as long as I can here in Chicago," Trubisky said. "I think we’re building something great here. I love the city, I love the fans and I love where I live. I love coming to work at Halas Hall every day, and I love my teammates. For me, it’s just taking it one day at a time and embracing the process. But that's the goal, for sure."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.