The Chicago Bears have declined the fifth year option on Mitchell Trubisky’s contract, according to NFL Network’s Tom Peliserro. He is entering the fourth and final year of his contract and for now will be an unrestricted free agent next March.
The Bears traded up from the third spot to the second spot in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Trubisky. After an up-and-down rookie season, Trubisky took a big step forward in his second year, completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,223 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Bears won the NFC North with a 12-4 record, but lost in the Wild Card round.
Last season, he took a step back, completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 3,138 yards with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. This offseason, the Bears traded a fourth round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles. It’s viewed as an open competition between Trubisky and Foles, but for the time being, Foles likely has the edge. DraftKings Sportsbook offers odds on Week 1 starting QBs, and Foles is the favorite at -200, while Trubisky is installed at +150.