The clock is ticking for Ryan Pace and the Bears to determine whether or not he will pick up Mitchell Trubisky’s fifth-year option.
The NFL Draft is officially over and it’s now time for Chicago Bears fans to refocus their attention on the next pressing issue. I am not talking about how the assets will be divided in the Jay Cutler and Kristen Cavallari divorce or waiting on the edge of our seat for Cordarrelle Patterson’s next tweet disapproving his team’s decisions.
I’m talking about the elephant in the room and that is will Ryan Pace pick up the fifth-year option on Mitchell Trubisky.
Let me preface that I am a huge supporter of Trubisky. If he had a bandwagon bus, I would volunteer to be the driver. I’m pretty sure I was one of the few that were jumping up and down when Pace drafted him 2017.
However, for whatever reason, Trubisky played poorly last year. His accuracy was way off, and he lacked the confidence and drive we have previously seen. Instead of being a student graduating to the next grade of Professor Matt Nagy’s gameplan, he went to someone who wouldn’t even be accepted in the XFL. Last season, I wouldn’t trust Trubisky to play catch with my kids in my backyard.
If Pace decides to pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year option that would be for over $24 million. The last time that Pace picked up any one’s fifth-year option was for Leonard Floyd and we all see how that turned out. While it seems like an easy decision, for Pace it probably is not. Not picking up Trubisky’s option would be admitting to the football world that he made a huge mistake.
I’m not saying that the Bears need to tie all ends with him, but for right now they need to do what’s best. They have brought in Nick Foles for a lot of cash and all signs either point to him as the starter or the cleaner up of Trubisky misfortunes.
Being a profound and possibly the only member of the Trubisky fan club, it pains me to say this but they can’t and probably won’t pick up his fifth-year option.
Trubisky still needs to prove himself and unless he comes out looking like the second coming of Tom Brady, his career in the NFL might come to a screeching halt. Like the saying goes, if Trubisky continues to play like he did last year, no team will trust him as far as he overthrows wide receivers.