Chicago Bears predicted to lose one top free agent, gain three in 2021

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Is Mitch Trubisky primed to return to the Chicago Bears in 2021?

When it comes to the Pro Football Focus (PFF) list of top-100 free agents, Mitch Trubisky slots in as their 66th best player available in 2021. I am not going to argue where they have Trubisky on this list as that’s not the point right now. Not to mention, PFF seems to get excited by constantly ripping on Mitch Trubisky as they claim Robinson could close his eyes, throw a dart at a map of the United States and he’ll end up with a better quarterback at his new destination.

Clearly, Trubisky is not an elite quarterback. Even those who stand behind him as a so-called “truther” understands this. That said, PFF just loves to bash him over and over and over again, even when he proves he is not as bad as they make him seem.

During his career, Trubisky has been fairly decent at not turning the ball over. This season, Trubisky has 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He is averaging only 228 yards per game but has a quarterback rating of 93.5. Again, he is not elite, but to think he’s the worst quarterback in the NFL is asinine. His win-loss record with the Chicago Bears is 29-21, but under Matt Nagy, he’s 25-13. You can win with this kid at quarterback.

His 2020 stats extrapolated had he played the full season comes out to 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also would have thrown 3,600-plus yards. Again, not elite by any means, however that would put him 11th in touchdowns passes. He’d fall in line with guys like Kyler Murray, Jared Goff and even Russell Wilson when it comes to interceptions. His yardage would have finished 17th (ahead of Baker Mayfield). Again, not elite, but better than many like to believe.

Personally, I am hoping that Trubisky walks too. Chicago Bears fans have been down on him before he even took a snap. Matt Nagy, until this season, did not tailor his offense to take advantage of his skills. I want to see what Trubisky can do in a different system that allows him to use his athleticism. However, PFF predicts he will be back in Chicago on a two-year, $15 million dollar deal.