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Should the Bears keep Mitchell Trubisky? Exploring Chicago’s big QB NFL free agency decision in 2021

The Bears did not decide up the fifth-year possibility of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky earlier than the season, making most imagine there was little likelihood 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 6-3 with him as their beginning QB and so they made the playoffs at 8-8. Trubisky did not gentle issues up and make a sudden soar to top-flight passer by any means, however he was efficient in transferring 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 at the least 30 factors in 4 consecutive video games for the primary time in 55 years, Trubisky put up these numbers, leaning closely on the stellar working of second-year again David Montgomery: 72.4 completion proportion, 108.5 passer score, 8.1 yards per try, 73 yards speeding, 8 complete TDs to solely 3 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 may be a no brainer. However now with the Bears out of the highest 18 picks and not using a clear shot at their QB of selection and a salary-cap crunch, determining what they need to do at crucial place underneath coach Matt Nagy is crucial name of their upcoming offseason.

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How a lot wouldn’t it price the Bears to re-sign Mitchell Trubisky?

The Bears are projected to be somewhat over the projected wage cap for 2021 with the gamers they are going to have underneath contract. Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is the best reduce candidate to make some room ($10.5 million), folowing by tight finish Jimmy Graham ($7 million) and offensive deal with Bobby Massie ($5.4 million).

They cannot afford to take a position massive cash to both hold or purchase gamers. Vast 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, searching for a greater quarterback/offensive state of affairs.

The Bears may need gotten the perfect of each worlds with Trubisky when it comes to not being ok to earn a top-half QB wage but in addition ok to be a worthy return on funding. Trubisky made $7.2 million this season, so Chicago may 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 assume Trubisky can additional enhance underneath Nagy and or at the least facilitate components 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 following two years. They may nonetheless hold Foles as moderately priced contingency plan or discover a option to commerce him to be another person’s No. 2.

What are the Bears’ free-agent alternate options?

There’s not a lot on the market that may really feel like higher spending. Dak Prescott can be re-signing with the Cowboys and Philip Rivers may simply retire if he does not re-sign with the Colts. Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andy Dalton have little enchantment 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 be taught Nagy’s system.

The Bears already did not have curiosity in Cam Newton or Jameis Winston when each have been free brokers in 2020. They may take into consideration trading for the Eagles’ Carson Wentz, however their cap state of affairs is somewhat prohibitive to make that work. The veteran market does not provide any apparent different options, given for the way low-cost they will hold Trubisky with Nagy.

Who may the Bears draft?

This then is the one different query for Chicago to reply. Ought to kind maintain within the playoffs with the Bears dropping within the wild-card spherical, they’d decide No. 20. They do not have a whole lot of 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 practical risk, however he is headed to a top-half decide now.

For the Bears’ functions, Florida’s Kyle Trask and Alabama’s Mac Jones could be reaches at No. 20, additionally given tapping into a powerful 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 reminiscent of Georgia’s Jamie Newman, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett or Iowa State’s Brock Purdy with a Day 2 or Day 3 decide looks like.the higher route.

Similar to Trubisky wasn’t dangerous sufficient to neglect about in 2021, the Bears have been seemingly 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 reasonable, continued short-term answer — with nonetheless the potential to be a longer-term one with a giant second likelihood.

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