Tiki: Trubisky's Fifth-Year Option "Not Even Worth A Conversation"

The Bears shouldn't pick up Trubisky's fifth-year option, Tiki Barber says

Tiki and Tierney
February 26, 2020 - 12:16 pm

The Chicago Bears have a decision to make regarding Mitchell Trubisky, and they have to make it sooner rather than later. 

The Bears have until May 5 to pick up or decline the fifth-year option for the former No. 2 overall pick. The fifth-year option would cost the Bears roughly $25 million in 2021.

For Tiki Barber, this is a no-brainer.

“They can’t pick up this option,” Barber said on Tiki & Tierney. “The fifth-year option was meant to help teams hang on to players they absolutely love, have not signed [to] an extension yet, and don’t want to get into the franchise tag category yet. That’s what the fifth-year option is designed to do for teams. Mitch Trubisky does not fit into that category. It is not even worth a conversation if you’re the Chicago Bears.”

Trubisky, 25, was solid in 2018. He completed 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,223 yards and threw for 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in just 14 games.  He also ran for 421 yards and three scores, helping the Bears to the NFC North title.

Last year, however, was a different story, as Trubisky had 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 15 games and did next to nothing with his legs (193 yards, two touchdowns).

“Maybe you like him and you worry about signing him to a deal after next season,” Barber said. “Don’t pick up his fifth-year option. . . . They don’t need to guarantee him a contract because I don’t think he’s going to be worth it.”

Brandon Tierney certainly understands that perspective.

“I don’t vehemently disagree,” Tierney said, “but I’m going to give it one more shot if I’m the Chicago Bears. Maybe I’m making an excuse for Mitchell Trubisky, but they need to get some more weapons around him. When you have one good year, I’m always of the mindset that there’s more in there somewhere. When you throw for 24 touchdowns in just 14 games and you throw for about a 65-percent clip after not playing much in college, to me, there’s some upside.”

Bears fans aren’t so sure.

“I feel you,” Tierney told Barber. “I think most people will agree with you. I would just want to give it a little more time before I make that final call.”