The Bears made a significant investment in the 2017 NFL Draft when they traded up from the No. 3 pick to the No. 2 pick to secure a potential franchise quarterback. That was UNC product Mitchell Trubisky.
Chicago selected Trubisky with designs of developing him into a quality starting quarterback. His career got off to a slow start under John Fox’s watch, but he was able to lead the Bears to the playoffs in his second season. He posted an 11-3 record in 14 games that season and looked poised to grow under coach Matt Nagy.
However, that growth never quite came. Trubisky stagnated over his next two seasons with the Bears and was in and out of the starting lineup. He split time with Nick Foles during the 2020 NFL season and the Bears had a decision to make regarding him.
Would they keep Trubisky and continue to develop him? Or would they move on from him and try to go in a different direction?
Chicago ended up choosing the latter, and that’s why Trubisky is no longer starting for the team that drafted him ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
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Why did Mitchell Trubisky leave the Bears?
Mitchell Trubisky left the Bears simply because Chicago wanted to move in a different direction at the quarterback position. And Trubisky was amenable to a change of scenery too, as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano reported on eve of free agency.
“The plan is to move on from Mitchell Trubisky — we’re told the door is open slightly but a source said the ship has sailed for both parties,” they wrote.
As such, Trubisky — a free agent — was able to sign anywhere after the Bears opted not to pick up his fifth-year option or slap him with the franchise tag. He hit the open market while the Bears signed veteran Andy Dalton to replace him and drafted Justin Fields in the first round to serve as a long-term starter for Chicago.
As for Trubisky, he initially looked for a starting job but couldn’t find one. So, he turned to the next best thing. Serving as a top backup for a contender.
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Where is Mitchell Trubisky now?
Trubisky inked a one-year deal with the Bills worth $2.5 million. He is serving as Josh Allen’s backup and is has no issue being the No. 2 guy. He’s just glad that he’s “somewhere where people want you here,” which he explained didn’t feel like the case in Chicago at the end.
“At first, I wanted to go to a spot where I would get to compete for a starting position, but the right situation didn’t come up and the opportunity wasn’t there,” Trubisky said, per ESPN. “I looked at the next best thing, where I could continue to develop and continue to progress and become a better player and a person and fell into this organization, and I loved it ever since coming to Buffalo.
“It’s just really nice to be a part of a great team and be somewhere where people want you here, and they care about how you’re progressing as a person, as a player. It was an interesting process, but I feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be right now, and I’m enjoying being here.”
Trubisky made sure to note that he harbored no hard feelings against the Bears after he played against them in the preseason. He especially wanted to express his gratitude toward the Chicago fans and said he would be rooting for the Bears in 2021.
“They are still family to me,” Trubisky said. “I love the people in Chicago. I love the fans in Chicago.”
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How Mitchell Trubisky has done with the Bills
Trubisky has hardly played for the Bills thus far in 2021. He has played 19 total snaps and has gone 2 of 2 passing for 9 yards. He also has 10 carries for 27 yards.
That said, Trubisky looked great for Buffalo during the preseason. He racked up 231 passing yards and a touchdown while completing 21 of 30 passes (70 percent completion rate). He also had an 11-yard scramble while playing two games for the team.
Trubisky has been active as the backup for all but one game this season. He missed the Bills’ Week 9 loss to the Jaguars after testing positive for COVID-19 and remains on the COVID list.