The Chicago Bears finally signed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to his rookie contract Wednesday after trading up to select the former North Carolina signal-caller with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
The Bears tweeted out a picture of Trubisky as he signed his contract:
Bears rookies reported to training camp Wednesday, so getting Trubisky under contract was a priority to ensure he gets properly prepared for his rookie season.
Under the NFL's rookie wage scale, as the No. 2 overall draft pick, Trubisky's contract will pay him a total of $29 million over the first four years with a $19.25 million signing bonus, per Spotrac.
Trubisky was linked to the Cleveland Browns as the potential first pick in the draft before the team opted for Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett. The Bears acted quickly to move up one spot to grab him at No. 2.
Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune passed along comments from Chicago general manager Ryan Pace about the risk involved in making the shocking trade.
"If we want to be great, you just can't sit on your hands," he said. "There are times when you've got to be aggressive, and when you have conviction on a guy, you can't sit on your hands. I just don't want to be average around here; I want to be great. And these are the moves you have to make."
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The Bears signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Mike Glennon early in free agency, which appeared to fill the team's short-term void at the position. That's why it came as such a surprise when they grabbed Trubisky instead of a defensive prospect.
Pace immediately confirmed Glennon is still slated to start for Chicago when the 2017 regular season gets underway. But the situation has all the makings of a quarterback controversy.
Campbell reported the 27-year-old projected starter, who tossed 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions across 21 games with the Bucs, felt "cheated on" after the draft-day trade. The report also noted the "trust between Glennon and the Bears' decision-makers has been damaged."
Trubisky was only a one-year starter at UNC. He showcased a lot of upside by completing 68 percent of his throws for 3,748 yards with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions, but the lack of experience was still one of the main concerns heading into the draft.
Joe Fortenbaugh of KGMZ noted that could provide the one avenue for the Bears to navigate their potential QB mess without it spiraling out of control:
That said, Trubisky will likely see the field at some point before the end of his rookie campaign. It's become increasingly rare to invest such a high draft pick in a quarterback and then make him sit for a proverbial redshirt year.
Pace is also going to feel the pressure to showcase why he made the move, and that could expedite the process, especially if the Bears get off to a sluggish start. The trade and subsequent selection will be one of the defining moments of his time as GM for better or worse.