Pace On Declining Trubisky's Option: 'Mitch Gets It'

The Bears declined quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's fifth-year option for 2021.

Chris Emma
May 07, 2020 - 9:01 pm
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(670 The Score) In trading for veteran Nick Foles in March, the Bears prepared for the possibility that Mitchell Trubisky isn't their answer at quarterback moving forward.

What followed last Saturday was an important procedural move by the Bears, who officially declined the fifth-year option for 2021 on Trubisky's rookie contract. That puts Trubisky on a path to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season, which will become even more pressing for him as he fights for his future.

"We've always had the approach where we're honest and we're truthful with our players and with our staff, then we move on and we get to work," general manager Ryan Pace said on Bears All Access on 670 The Score on Thursday evening in his first public comments about declining Trubisky's option. "That's where it's at. Mitch gets it. Everyone's competing. Everyone's focused on better results. That's the entire team.

"We believe in Mitch. That doesn't change. You can point to Kyle Fuller as a great example of a player who didn't get his option exercised. I'd think we would say that worked out well for him and for us."

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Pace and the Bears have stated they'll hold an "open competition" at quarterback between Trubisky and Foles. When that competition begins on the field remains unclear amid the uncertainty of the NFL's offseason during the coronavirus pandemic.

The No. 2 overall pick in 2017, Trubisky has started 41 games over three seasons, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 8,554 yards, 48 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. The Bears are 23-18 in Trubisky's career starts.

Trubisky took a step back in 2019, his third NFL season, completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 3,138 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 games. 

The fifth-year option for Trubisky would've come at a price north of $24 million for 2021.

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