Bears Decline Option On Trubisky; Cowboys Sign Dalton

Grace Higgins | May 3rd, 2020

After a lackluster third season in the NFL, the Chicago Bears have declined to pick up the fifth-year extension for 2021 on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

In 2018, Trubisky’s second season in the league and one in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl, saw the Bears go 12-4 and lose in a devastating fashion to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round. (sorry to mention the “Double Doink” Bears’ fans.) Trubisky threw 24 touchdowns and 3,223 yards while completing almost 67% of his passes and only 12 interceptions.

Although he threw for nearly the same amount of yards in 2019, Trubisky passed for only 17 touchdowns and completely and routinely disappeared in the second half of tight games. Heading into the season, both Trubisky and the Bears were seen as a dark horse Super Bowl contender and had actual pressure to succeed for the first time in over a decade.

After the disappointing 2019 season, the Bears traded for Nick Foles. The trade allows for quarterback competition between the two, especially since Foles is a Super Bowl MVP (Brady should’ve been the MVP despite losing. Still the best quarterback performance of all-time.) Foles can potentially bring out the best or worst in Trubisky, so Bears’ fans will soon find out if he is the franchise quarterback moving forward.

In the midst of Dak Prescott contract negotiations, the Dallas Cowboys signed former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year, $3 million contract that has incentives to $7 million.

The move surprised many, as Dalton was seen to be a starter for a team like the New England Patriots. Instead, he will be used as ammunition against Prescott to hastily sign a contract or be replaced. The Cowboys now have a quarterback option in case something goes south with Prescott.

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