The Bears have reportedly made their decision about QB Mitch Trubisky's fifth-year option:
The #Bears are declining the fifth-year option on QB Mitch Trubisky, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 2, 2020
The team has liked Trubisky’s attitude since the Nick Foles trade and it’ll be an open competition. A chance for Trubisky to make himself a lot of money before his contract expires next March.
The #Bears didn’t pick up the fifth-year option on Kyle Fuller, who earned an extension and made the Pro Bowl in Year 5. They picked up the fifth-year option on Leonard Floyd, who was released before Year 5. All about how Trubisky -- a 2018 Pro Bowl pick -- produces from here. https://t.co/3vPMMx6VoV— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 2, 2020
That means Trubisky is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2020 season. If the Bears had picked up the option, they'd be paying the quarterback more than $24 million next season – though guaranteed for injury only. Trubisky is going into his fourth season with the Bears, and this summer's training camp will be the first time he has to compete for the starting job. When the Bears' traded a fourth-round pick to Jacksonville for Nick Foles, coach Matt Nagy told reporters that it was a "true competition," though many think the job Foles' to lose.
Interestingly enough, the decision now means that four of the top five draft picks from the 2017 NFL Draft had their fifth year declined. Cleveland opted into Myles Garrett's, but Trubisky, Solomon Thomas, Leonard Fournette and Corey Davis all had theirs declined. What does the decision mean for the future of Trubisky and the Bears? Insider J.J. Stankevitz breaks it down right here.