Mitchell Trubisky Rumors: Steelers, Commanders, Giants, Panthers, Broncos Linked

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMarch 6, 2022

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Buffalo Bills looks on prior to the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the New England Patriots  at Highmark Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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Impending free-agent quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is reportedly drawing widespread interest that could land him a sizable contract.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Sunday the interested teams include the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Commanders.

Fowler also noted clubs are "openly discussing" the possibility of Trubisky being paid more than $10 million per season.

Trubisky spent the 2021 season serving as Josh Allen's backup with the Buffalo Bills. It was a chance to revitalize his career after four up-and-down years with the Chicago Bears, and the 27-year-old UNC product believes it was a successful venture.

"You can't be afraid to make mistakes," Trubisky told Fowler in February. "When guys are playing free, you can be at your best. I wanted to learn how [the Bills] helped Josh, and I saw that firsthand."

He added: "I'm in a confident space right now."

Trubisky attempted just eight regular-season passes during his time in Buffalo, but the benefit was getting to learn and evolve within one of the NFL's most dynamic offenses.

His best year in Chicago came in 2018, when he completed 66.6 percent of his throws for 3,223 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. It resulted in a career-high 95.4 passer rating, and he ranked third in ESPN's Total QBR (71.0).

So his past success with the Bears, however fleeting, combined with the reset year with the Bills, makes him an intriguing option in an otherwise lackluster free-agent market for quarterbacks.

All of the teams listed with interest are in search of long-term answers under center, and Fowler noted it's possible the team that signs Trubisky also selects a top QB prospect like Liberty's Malik Willis in the draft to transform its depth chart at the position.

The Broncos are an ideal fit on paper because of their high number of weapons. Trubisky would walk in to lead an offense that features Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, KJ Hamler and Noah Fant as targets along with a solid running game led by Javonte Williams.

One of the key reasons for Allen's rapid development in Buffalo was surrounding him with playmakers, highlighted by the blockbuster trade for No. 1 receiver Stefon Diggs.

Trubisky is almost assuredly about to land his second opportunity to operate as a starting NFL quarterback, but there's no guarantee he will get a third if it doesn't work out. So picking a team with a high-upside offense like Denver would be smart, even if the money on offer is a little less than he would like.

He will certainly be a name to watch when free agency kicks off March 16.