Mitchell Trubisky Rumors: Conflicting Reports Surround QB's Future with Bears

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2021

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) walks off the field after an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. The Saints now 21-9. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
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The Chicago Bears and Mitchell Trubisky could be headed for an amicable divorce.

ESPN's Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler wrote the Bears' "plan" is to allow Trubisky to leave in free agency and address their quarterback concerns via free agency or trade.

"We're told the door is open slightly, but a source said the ship has sailed for both parties," Graziano and Fowler wrote.

However, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk contradicted that report, relaying that a "source with direct knowledge" said a return had not been ruled out and that Trubisky "has not been informed that the Bears won’t attempt to bring him back."

Trubisky is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the Bears declined their fifth-year option on his rookie contract and chose to use the franchise tag on Allen Robinson.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace told reporters earlier in March that "everything is on the table" when it came to the quarterback position.

"That includes players on our current roster, that includes free agency, trade, the draft and a combination of all those," Pace said. "We have a plan in place, and now it's about executing that plan."

The quarterback is perhaps the most notable failure of Pace's tenure as general manager. The North Carolina product, taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, failed to develop into a franchise face while classmates Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson emerged as two of the biggest young stars in the sport.

Trubisky threw for 10,609 yards and 64 touchdowns against 37 interceptions while leading the Bears to a 29-21 record in 50 career starts. The Bears benched him early in the 2020 season in favor of Nick Foles before turning the keys back over to Trubisky in the second half, leading to a surprising playoff appearance.

Trubisky went 6-3 as a starter in 2020 and is far from a lost cause. He's still flashed the physical skills that made the Bears fall for him at various points, but he's never been able to put it together consistently.

Perhaps a change of scenery is the thing Trubisky needs to turn around his career.