Mitch Trubisky probably didn't set an alarm on Saturday because he was trying to sleep in during a rare off day. But he got one anyway.
His mom, who was in town for the weekend, woke up her son to share the news that the Bears traded for defensive star Khalil Mack.
Trubisky didn't believe it at first. To confirm, he texted general manager Ryan Pace to ask him if it was true.
Turns out, mom was right.
And now Trubisky has one more weapon on defense to get him the ball quicker.
The Chicago Bears confirmed there will be an open quarterback competition between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles during Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy's media teleconference on Friday, which, by default, suggests the organization isn't confident they got it right when they selected Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
There's a chance Trubisky will rise to the occasion and win the Bears' starting job, and if he does (and plays well in 2020), a new and lucrative contract extension will be the next order of business; unless, of course, the Bears pick up his fifth-year option this May which will give the club another year to decide on his future.
Pace gave no indication the Bears will (or won't) take advantage of that fifth year prior to the deadline.
All signs point toward Chicago declining the option year. There isn't going to be some kind of miraculous discovery over the next 30 days that changes their uncertainty with Trubisky. Think about it: if Pace and Nagy knew No. 10 would be their guy in 2021, they wouldn't have traded for Foles.
So while Pace is dodging the question now, he already answered it through his actions last month.
When the Chicago Bears signed 33-year-old tight end Jimmy Graham to a two-year, $16 million contract in free agency, fans and football media questioned the strategy. Graham is coming off back-to-back underwhelming seasons with the Green Bay Packers, looking every bit like a player whose best days are behind him.
According to the Bears, that may not be the case. Instead, coach Matt Nagy views Graham as a guy who will pay dividends in Chicago's offense.
"It's just a fit for us," Nagy said of Graham on Friday. "Big size, 6-6 playmaker that you can get some mismatches with. I know me personally, I'm very much looking forward to putting him in some situations."
Graham caught 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns last season and totaled just five touchdowns in two seasons playing with Aaron Rodgers. It's hard imagining a scenario where he'll suddenly regain the form that once made him one of the NFL's elite receiving tight ends, but Nagy is confident that a scheme change will help restore Graham's reputation.
Graham joins an already underwhelming Bears tight end room that includes Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen, among others.