The Bears Have No Choice But to Trade Mitchell Trubisky Before Training Camp

The Chicago Bears have to seek a trade for QB Mitchell Trubisky.
The Chicago Bears have to seek a trade for QB Mitchell Trubisky. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears spent three years being patient with Mitchell Trubisky. There was no other choice after the team traded up to the No. 2 overall pick to draft him back in 2017.

Yet the patience seemingly went out the window this offseason when they traded for Nick Foles. The veteran is looking to rebound after signing a four-year, $88 million deal in Jacksonville last year, only to play in four games and go 0-4 as a starter. As of now the acquisition sets up a quarterback competition. However, that would only complicate things further, and the Bears can simplify all of this by trading Trubisky.

The only positive would be if adding Foles lit a fire under Trubisky, and he suddenly lived up to his potential, as it's highly unlikely the veteran opts out of his current contract, which is scheduled to pay him just under $15 million in 2021 and over $20 million in 2022 in his 32 and 33 seasons.

But based on past results, Trubisky is not going to earn a second contract in Chicago. He has sputtered along and only threw for 3,138 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He also finished with just 9.6 yards per completion and averaged only 209.2 yards per game.

Adding Foles' huge contract, even with the opt-outs, doesn't make sense if the plan is to keep Trubisky. It's simply too large of a financial hit. Ryan Pace ought to cut his losses and trade the former UNC QB while he still can.