Mitch Trubisky exited the Bears’ offseason program without a contract, but that seems to not be a big deal.
Trubisky took part in veteran minicamp this week at Halas Hall and previously hadn’t sounded worried or miffed that he hadn’t signed yet. Coach John Fox echoed that sentiment on Thursday.
“Not really,” Fox said when asked if he was concerned about Trubisky not having signed yet. “In today's climate as opposed to say 10 years ago it's completely different. I know there was holdout a year ago but I don't expect to see any of that this year.”
The holdout Fox referred to is the Los Angeles Chargers’ Joey Bosa, 2016’s No. 3 pick who didn’t sign a contract until late August last year.
Trubisky and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes have yet to sign, while fellow first-round quarterback DeShaun Watson signed with the Houston Texans in May.
Last week, Trubisky brushed off a question about why he hasn’t signed yet.
“That's not really for me to worry about,” Trubisky said. “I’m going to be out here at practice everyday. My agent and the Bears organization is going to handle that. But I'm not really sure how that stuff works. I'm here to play football, I'm not worried about contracts.”
Bill Belichick apparently loves a good snowball fight?
The surprisingly-human fact about the NFL's most robotic head coach comes courtesy of Rob Ninkovich, who played in New England for eight seasons, winning two Super Bowls. On the latest episode of NBC Sports' Sports Uncovered podcast, Ninkovich lays out the time he found himself taking cover from Bill's lobs:
So I’m walking out after the game, walking to my truck. All of a sudden, a snowball comes flying in, and I’m like, ‘Who the heck is throwing snowballs?’ and it was Bill throwing snowballs at guys. It was just kind of like a fun moment where you were like, ‘He’s not so bad ... he’s not so bad’
(So this was clearly after a win, right?)
Ninkovich, along with others like Doug Flutie, Rodney Harrison, and Charlie Weiss, helped peel back the layers and provide a look into Bill Belichick that most people don't get to see. You can listen to the entire conversation right here, or in the embedded player below:
JJ Stankevitz, Laurence Holmes and Cam Ellis discuss the Bears not talking to Allen Robinson about an extension and what that could mean for him and the team. Later, the crew discusses other deals that were made around the league, the stacked free agent running back class that Tarik Cohen finds himself in, and Laurence tells the story of finding a peacock and a chicken in his backyard.
(1:55) - Will 2020 be A-Rob's last in Chicago?
(7:10) - With no preseason, which QB (Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky) will win the starting job?
(13:00) - Will the NFL even have a season this year?
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(20:00) - The 2021 running back free agent class isn't good for Tarik Cohen
(30:00) - Laurence's encounter with a peacock and chicken
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