Reports: Chicago Bears decline QB Mitchell Trubisky’s fifth-year option

Mitchell Trubisky's time with the Chicago Bears might be nearing its end.

The Bears will not exercise the quarterback's fifth-year option, according to NFL Network and ESPN reports on Saturday, making 2020 the final year of his contract.

Trubisky has had a turbulent time in Chicago since the Bears traded up to the No. 2 overall slot to select him in the 2017 NFL draft, picking him ahead of quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. While Trubisky helped lead the team to a 12-4 record and NFC North title in 2018, he struggled throughout last year, ranking 28th in passer rating (83) and 32nd in yards per attempt (6.1).

The Bears acquired veteran Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a trade this offseason. General manager Ryan Pace said there would be an "open competition" between Trubisky and Foles for the starting job.

"When we walk out on the first day, whenever it is whether it’s OTAs or whether it’s training camp, Mitch will be going first in the huddle," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "But it's going to be equal with Foles. There will be equal reps with similar players and against similar players. It's going be extremely competitive."

Had the Bears exercised Trubisky's fifth-year option, it would have been guaranteed only in case of injury.

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