This week at the 2020 NFL Combine, there has been a lot to learn about the future of the Chicago Bears, especially in regards to Mitchell Trubisky.
It’s that time of the year where owners and coaches get to chat a little bit, meanwhile all of the media reaps the dividends. Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy are in Indianapolis for the 2020 NFL Combine, and both spoke to the media on Tuesday.
Pace had a lot to say, especially about the quarterback position. As usual, the media, along with the fans, have differing views on what Pace’s comments might mean.
On one hand, Pace declined to say whether or not the team would pick up Mitchell Trubisky’s fifth-year option. Pace told the media he would make that decision in May.
For those keeping track, that means he will make the final decision after free agency and the NFL Draft.
Pace also talked about looking at other options at quarterback, whether it be via free agency or the draft. The bottom line appeared to be that, no matter what, he will bring in some competition to help push Trubisky.
Tuesday afternoon, NFL Network was busy airing their program “NFL Now,” which catches up on all of the latest news and notes around the league. The star of that show is typically Ian Rapoport, one of the most trusted and respected NFL insiders in the business.
Rapoport was asked by Andrew Siciliano about Pace’s comments on Tuesday.
“…the end result, from what I understand, is going to be the Bears standing by (Mitchell) Trubisky.”
He also included that he fully expects the Bears to pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year option. Rapoport indicated that the option would be fully guaranteed for injury only, through the start of the 2021 season.
Whatever your opinion is on Trubisky, as a Bears fan, you may just have to accept the fact that Pace is still 100 percent committed to the former no. 2 overall pick.
Hopefully, one of two things happens. Either Rapoport is wrong (which rarely happens) or Pace is playing us all.
The latter is much more likely to be true, as he’s kept a few deals under wraps in the past. Pace has shocked us before, both positively and negatively. But, let’s not put anything past the guy who once landed Khalil Mack.
If Rapoport is correct, and the Bears pick up Trubisky’s option for 2021, hopefully Pace is fine paying his backup quarterback over $20 million — assuming the Bears see a better option surface between now and then.