Report: Bears not expected to pick up fifth-year option on Mitchell Trubisky

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The Chicago Bears traded up for Mitchell Trubisky just a few years ago, but the franchise has since realized he may not be the long-term answer.

That became crystal clear once Chicago traded for Nick Foles this offseason. Now comes further proof, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the belief around the league is the Bears won’t pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year option.

Schefter notes there has been no official word from the Bears and that Chicago has until May 4 to make the decision. If the Bears do decide to pick up the fifth-year option on Trubisky it would cost over $24 million in 2021.

The Trubisky pick in 2017 was recently brought back to life during a re-broadcast of that year’s draft, and the Bears were once again ripped for their decision to take him over the likes of Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. It just hasn’t been a smooth ride for Trubisky or Chicago ever since that ill-fated decision.

Foles and Trubisky will compete for the starting job in Chicago ahead of the 2020 season, and many believe the youngster will get beat out by the savvy veteran.