Bears will wait until May to decide on Mitch Trubisky's fifth-year option

Bears will wait until May to decide on Mitch Trubisky's fifth-year option

Bears general manager Ryan Pace faces an extremely difficult decision on the status of his hand-picked first-round quarterback, Mitch Trubisky. Pace must determine whether to exercise the Bears' fifth-year option in Trubisky's contract, which would provide Chicago with control over the fourth-year passer for at least one more season (through 2021) before deciding his longer-term fate.

Unfortunately, Trubisky hasn't made this process simple, unlike his draft classmates Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. Trubisky's regression in 2019 has created serious doubt about whether he will ever become a franchise quarterback. The Bears may choose to move on sooner than later, so exercising the fifth-year option could represent more risk than reward for Pace. Trubisky's 2021 salary would become fully guaranteed if he suffers a serious injury in 2020.

Pace told reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Tuesday that he's going to wait until May before deciding on that pesky fifth year; clearly, he isn't as sold on his Drew Brees-lite as he wants Bears fans to believe.

"We believe in him," Pace said Tuesday. "We’re going to support him. We’re going to be better around him. But I think competition brings out the best in everybody.”

There's no doubt Trubisky will have competition for the starting job this year via either a veteran free agent or early-round rookie, and it's a competition that will be even more fierce if it features Trubisky on the last year of his contract. In fact, it would be hard envisioning Trubisky winning the job as a lame duck.

Pace's decisions in free agency and the NFL draft will more than likely tip his quarterback hand, but until the deadline actually arrives in May, it'll be more of the same with Trubisky: just wait and see.

NFL Draft 2020: Top 30 prospects on the big board

NFL Draft 2020: Top 30 prospects on the big board

The Bears and Ryan Pace have plenty of positions to address in the upcoming NFL Draft, and with no projected first-round pick it’s hard to predict what they'll do.

Will they add a young quarterback to develop with one of their second-round picks? Will they continue to bolster the tight end room after an abysmal season by Bears tight ends in 2019? Or will they address some of the thinner position groups, like offensive line? Whatever course the Bears brass decides to take there will be plenty of talent to choose from.

To help you learn about the best players across the board, we've assembled the Top 30 prospects in the 2020 draft, regardless of their position.

Here are the 2020 NFL Draft's Top 30 prospects.

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Bears 17, Packers 13: Whose arrows are up and down after spoiling Favre's retirement

Bears 17, Packers 13: Whose arrows are up and down after spoiling Favre's retirement

Well, that probably felt good. 

The Bears were apparently none too pleased about being scheduled as the Packers' opponents on the night that Brett Favre was getting his number retired at Lambeau Field. In front of a packed crowd, on the (so rainy) holiday nightcap, the Bears outlasted Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in what'll surely be the most rewarding win of the upcoming 6-10 season. Here's whose arrows are up and down in the 17-13 win: 

ARROW UP – The Bears, just in general 

Good for the (4-6) Bears! They were still technically In The Hunt, but this wasn't a particularly strong team and boy is it disrespectful to be scheduled on Favre's big night. Things never break the Bears' way in this rivalry, and especially not in Green Bay. On a nationally-televised, holiday game no less? The Bears never, ever win this game. It wasn't "a good example of football" or "fun to watch," but the luxury of winning is you don't have to remember the details. 

ARROW DOWN – The passing game 

Cutler threw for 200 yards, and would have had a good bit more if there weren't so many drops. The constant, unrelenting rain that came down throughout this game obviously made the football hard to catch,  but the Bears dropped more than a couple balls. Alshon Jeffery was guilty of a couple, and Jeremey Langford's drop on 3rd and 2 in the 2nd quarter stood out as especially egregious. 

ARROW UP – Pat O'Donnell 

Eight punts for my man Pat. Eight! He racked up 323 yards while averaging 40.4 yards per punt on a night when special teams can get messy. The Packers faced tough field position all night – starting eight of their 12 drives within 20 yards of their own end zone – and O'Donnell was a big reason why. 

ARROW DOWN – Run defense 

To be fair, Eddy Lacy is huge. Lacy ran for 105 yards on 17 rushes, his longest rush of the night going for 29 yards. He was also useful out of the backfield for Green Bay, catching four balls for 34 yards – 25 of them coming on a touchdown in the first quarter. According to Pro Football Focus' grading system, this was the run defense's worst performance (36.5) of an otherwise okay season (74.1). Shea McClellin (27.7) and Christian Jones (33.8) were graded particularly poorly, though McClellin finished second on the team in tackles. 

ARROW UP – The secondary

Kyle Fuller was targeted twice in 78 snaps, and didn't allow a reception. Tracy Porter got a rare interception off Aaron Rodgers, and would have had two if not for a penalty negating the play. Bryce Callahan had an up-and-down game, but the corner had his moments and played well in coverage on the final play of the game.