Why the Chicago Bears should extend Mitch Trubisky now

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Pace’s conviction

As mentioned above, Ryan Pace had the ultimate conviction in Trubisky — otherwise, he would not have given up so much draft capital to move up one spot. However, as an NFL general manager, when you believe you have found a franchise quarterback — the most important position in the game — there really isn’t a price too high to pay to move up.

It is also Pace’s conviction that is the most important factor in evaluating whether extending Trubisky now is the right decision. That’s because if Pace is wrong about Mitch, and extends his contract now, it could potentially be more catastrophic than overpaying for his services in a couple of years.

With that said, there are good reasons for Pace to still feel the same way about Mitch. Considering last year was only his third season as a starter since high school, Pace has to like the growth he saw out of his signal-caller.

Granted that growth was stunted by a wasted year under John Fox, but what he demonstrated in just his second year as a professional, in a brand new offense, with increased expectations, is nothing short of impressive. He improved in every important category.

Therefore, if Pace still believes in his guy — and there is no reason he shouldn’t — then why not take the steps to ensure that he continues his growth in Chicago so that when he does realize his full potential, it’s not with another team (see Alex Smith).