Mitch Trubisky has found a new home. The former second overall pick of the Chicago Bears has signed a one-year deal to go back up Josh Allen with the Buffalo Bills. NFL insider Adam Schefter, along with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler initially broke the news, but the Bills also confirmed it shortly after via the team’s official Twitter account.
According to insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is for $2.5 million, and according to Bills general manager Brandon Beane, Trubisky won’t be in Buffalo for long.
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Bills GM on Mitch Trubisky: ‘This is a Reset for Him’
When speaking to the media about the team’s acquisition of Trubisky, Bills GM Beane said this about the former Bears quarterback, noting he felt Trubisky had a similar skill set to current Bills starter Josh Allen:
We were a game away from the Super Bowl and injures happen, and this guy has won 29 games, 50 starts. … He’s got a good resume even though he’s a younger player. We know how Josh plays. Josh is not scared to try and lower his pads or take a hit and if Josh was out a few games or something like that, we want to make sure we have the best player we can. It’s like any other position for depth. Whether it’s a backup tackle, a backup defensive lineman, whatever, you’ve got your starters, and you’ve got your depth players. We just think Mitchell will come in here and is excited to join in the mix, assuming he’s the backup or whatever, if Josh goes down, with his experience he would be able to keep the ship afloat until Josh got back in the lineup.
Beane also noted that Trubisky won’t be in Buffalo too long. “This is a reset for him. We don’t expect him to be here long term,” the Bills GM noted, per Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.
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Mitch Trubisky Stats: A Look Back
Trubisky started 12 games as a rookie in 2017, and he had an uneventful season on a very bad team coached by John Fox, who was ousted later that year. Enter Matt Nagy. The current Bears head coach came to Chicago with a primary directive of developing the young quarterback the team traded up to draft second overall.
The 2018 season — Nagy’s first year with the Bears and Trubisky’s second — saw Trubisky show promise as a starter in the league. He made the Pro Bowl as an alternate after completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also finished 5th among all NFL quarterbacks that year in rushing yards, with 421 yards and three scores on the ground. It’s that mobility that Beane and company found attractive, and it makes him a perfect fir to back up Allen in Buffalo.
In 2020, Trubisky was benched briefly Week 3 in favor of Nick Foles, only to come back later in the season and regain the starting role. He completed a career-high 67 percent of his passes for 2,055 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Trubisky struggled against teams with winning records last year, however — and that’s a pattern that has followed him throughout his entire career. He went 0-3 in 2020 against teams over .500 (he lost to Green Bay twice and to New Orleans in the playoffs) and he’s 8-15 since he took over as starter in 2017 against winning teams. Now, as Beane said, he’ll get a reset in another cold, snowy city with a very passionate fan base.