While Mitchell Trubisky might not be the quarterback of the future for the Chicago Bears, it’s not unreasonable to wonder whether the team would consider bringing him back on a short-term deal to serve as a bridge quarterback for whoever the Bears decide to draft in 2021.
But it’s not just the team that has a say. Who’s to say Trubisky would want to return to Chicago on a short-term deal under the current conditions? Especially given Matt Nagy quickly gave up on him after starting 2-0 and returned to him much later than he should’ve.
And when Trubisky was asked about the potential to earn another contract with the Bears, he sounded exactly like receiver Allen Robinson, who’s been deadlocked in contract negotiations purgatory.
Trubisky told reporters Wednesday that he’s focused on the Minnesota Vikings contest on Sunday, which is essentially an elimination game as both teams are competing for the seventh seed in the NFC playoffs.
Mitch Trubisky, when asked if he'd like to earn another contract with the Bears, said he is just focused on the Vikings right now.
— Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) December 16, 2020
“I’m focused in staying in the moment,” Trubisky told reporters Wednesday. “And whatever happens, happens.”
Trubisky has been impressive since his return to the starting line-up three weeks ago, where he has the Chicago offense looking better than it has all season. And that has some to do with him telling the coaching staff what he thinks would work best for the offense given his strengths.
The Bears offense has averaged over 30 points a game over the last three games, where Trubisky has completed 76-of-113 passes (67.2%) for 776 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions for a 103.2 passer rating.
Sure, Trubisky has beaten up on two bad defenses. But there’s noticeable improvement from where he was a season ago. And when you consider where the Bears are heading into 2021 — with Nick Foles only under contract — it wouldn’t hurt to bring Trubisky back while Chicago develops a young quarterback.
But if Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace somehow manage to save their jobs down the line here, why would Trubisky want to return to the current situation? Especially if there’s no promise of change.