The Chicago Bears looked at quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in the 2017 NFL Draft, but decided against selecting either one of them in favor of North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky because they were enticed by his accuracy and playmaking.
Three years into his pro career, it became clear that Trubisky lacks the arm talent and downfield accuracy to be a franchise quarterback. Moves like trading for Nick Foles and declining Trubisky's fifth-year option indicate that general manager Ryan Pace is just about done with the former Tar Heel.
A trade could help Trubisky get back in the right path, and -- oddly enough -- the Jacksonville Jaguars, who the Bears recently made a deal with to acquire Foles, would be the perfect team to help Trubisky rediscover himself. A fifth-round pick should be enough to get Gardner Minshew a new backup.
Minshew is firmly entrenched as the Week 1 starter, but hasn't been declared the franchise guy yet, which is a perfect spot for Trubisky to be in. Much like Foles in Philadelphia, Trubisky would be playing with house money in Jacksonville. If Minshew falters, Trubisky could come in play at a serviceable clip, which should help him when it comes to earning a second contract.
If he struggles, Jacksonville will end up in Trevor Lawrence territory.
In Jacksonville, Trubisky gets a chance to play with minimal expectations serving as a high-end backup for Minshew -- a lesser role could get him back on track in a multitude of ways, including from a confidence standpoint. There will be less pressure and he'll be able to go through the motions and take whatever comes to him depending on how Minshew performs.
There are a number of sensible destinations for Trubisky, but Jacksonville could be the winner given the circumstances.