He’s (officially) all in, baby.
SIGNED. ✍️ pic.twitter.com/QgxCpNsmGV
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) July 19, 2017
The Chicago Bears and first-round draft pick Mitch Trubisky have a deal!
The rookie quarterback who the Bears traded up to take with the second overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft had participated in all of the team’s offseason training activities despite not having a signed deal. He even went as far to say that he wasn’t worried about a contract, then doubled down when he stated he wasn’t going to hold out because of a contract dispute. Trubisky’s agents could have held him out of training camp activities, but thankfully, we never had to get to that point in the process.
It turns out Trubisky was a man of his word, agreeing to a deal on the first day rookies arrived at training camp. With Trubisky in the fold, the Bears have signed all of their draft picks to deals. And with Trubisky signing, the only top-10 picks who remained unsigned are 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas, Titans receiver Corey Davis, Jets safety Jamal Adams, and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Bear Report’s Zack Pearson tweets Trubisky’s deal is reportedly a four-year pact that comes with a team option for a fifth year. Terms and salary figures have not been disclosed yet, but it’s worth noting Trubisky shares an agent with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who was the No. 2 overall pick in 2016, and Marcus Mariota, the second pick in 2015. Wentz’s deal was worth $26.7 million and included $17.6 million up front, so in all likelihood, Trubisky’s contract with the Bears will probably look similar.
You know it’s officially official when it’s on the Bears’ official website. Larry Mayer gets the first word with Trubisky, who reiterated he was never concerned about getting a deal done because he “picked really good agents.” Trubisky credits his representation for taking care of the contract and allowing him to keep his focus on football.
“The most important thing to me is that I’m with the team and I’m not missing any practice or anything like that,” Trubisky told Mayer. “My job is worrying about football and they did a great job of handling the contract on their end. Everyone hypes it up in the media, and all the fans were worried about me signing. But I knew it was going to happen.”
Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports that Trubisky’s deal is expected to be worth $29 million, with $19 million up front. Spotract’s website has some contract specifics, and it looks like Trubisky’s deal features $29,032,424 in guaranteed money and $19,254,490. That puts the deal in line with what Wentz received for being last year’s No. 2 overall pick, with a little bit of a pay bump. Not bad for a rookie.