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Will Trubisky Start for the Bears Next Season? Here’s What Odds Say

Odds of the Chicago Bears sticking with Mitch Trubisky as quarterback have been released.

Mitch Trubisky will forever be linked to Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, the star NFL quarterbacks who were selected after him in the first round of the 2017 draft. What makes it even worse is that the Chicago Bears traded a lot to move up in the draft and pick Trubisky.

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Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds on whether Trubisky will be the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears next season, with “No” the betting favorite at -280 and “Yes” coming back as an underdog bet at +185.

Odds Of trubisky starting for the bears next season
OptionOdds
No-280
Yes+185

Odds as of January 15 at Bovada

What To Do With Trubisky?

The simple answer is to let him go. The Bears brought in Nick Foles as a possible choice to take over for Trubisky, but that didn’t work out either. Trubisky started in nine games, finishing with a 6-3 record and helping Chicago make the playoffs. However, they laid a complete dud in their wild-card matchup with the New Orleans Saints. The Bears scored only three points all game until a meaningless last-second touchdown catch by Jimmy Graham.

Trubisky actually has a decent record as a starter at 29-23, but when you compare him to other quarterbacks who have taken a step forward in their game – take Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills, for instance – you have to wonder if Trubisky has already hit his ceiling. That’s why the oddsmakers favor him not being a starter for the Bears next season at -280 odds.

What Are Chicago’s Options?

This in itself is an interesting question. They have Nick Foles for another two years, so they might decide to go that route. Another option is perhaps trading for, signing or drafting a quarterback. One idea might be a possible trade with Houston for Deshaun Watson, but that seems unlikely.

The Bears have the 20th overall pick in the draft, so it’s unlikely someone like Justin Fields or Mac Jones would fall to them at that spot, though they could trade up, as they did to get Trubisky in 2017.

What’s Their Best Option?

There are four quarterbacks that might potentially be available in free agency in Dak Prescott, Cam Newton, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Philip Rivers. Rivers and Newton make the most sense to me as they will probably be looking for a starter’s role after their clubs move on from them this offseason. I can see Chicago leaning toward Newton, as there were some discussions this past offseason regarding Newton joining the Bears.

I also think head coach Matt Nagy would prefer a younger and more mobile quarterback than an older one in Rivers. At the end of the day, I think the Bears have seen all they need to see in the four years with Trubisky as the quarterback, and the answer is not him.