Last we saw Mitchell Trubisky, he was throwing a game-ending touchdown to Jimmy Graham in what was an otherwise lopsided playoff loss to the Saints. After that game ended, Trubisky shared his desire to return to Chicago after his contract expired while citing “unfinished business” that would understandably come after tasting bitter playoff defeat.
But nearly a month later, one Chicago insider, David Kaplan, hears things differently:
“I have talked to people who are close to Mitchell Trubisky. He has zero interest in coming back here.”
“I’ve also talked to people who are close to Matt Nagy. And they have zero interest in him coming back here.”
Those are pretty strong statements from Kaplan. And if he is relaying accurate information from people close to both parties, those are statements we shouldn’t take lightly. Then again, seeing the Bears already connected to Watson, Stafford, Carr, and Wentz via trade, it seems obvious that there isn’t much interest in a reunion from the Bears side right now.
The Trubisky experience didn’t live up to the lofty expectations that come with the No. 2 overall pick. And it hasn’t helped to see fellow first-round QBs Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson be wildly successful. It’s not that Trubisky didn’t have his moments. Two playoff seasons, nomination as a Pro Bowl alternate, and some snazzy highlights along the way shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. But all things considered, this feels like a good time for a split. Doesn’t it?
For the Bears, a clean slate in a must-win season needs a fresh face quarterback to provide a clean break. And for Trubisky, new beginnings, different surroundings, and a coaching staff with a fresh set of eyes could help him immensely if the right opportunity presents itself. So while it can be hard to say goodbye, it seems as if both parties are ready to do so.