Bears make decision on Mitch Trubisky's fifth-year option

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Vincent Carchietta - USA Today Sports
Vincent Carchietta - USA Today Sports

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise but it's still big news.

The Chicago Bears have declined the fifth-year option on quarterback Mitch Trubisky according to multiple reports on Saturday.

The fifth-year option was for $24,837,000 as Trubisky is entering the final year of his four-year, $29 million rookie contract that included a $19.17 million signing bonus. He is set to make $2.21 million in 2020.

In 2019, he completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 3,138 yards and 17 passing touchdowns with 10 interceptions. On the ground, he had 193 yards rushing with two rushing scores.

Obviously, the Bears didn't want to get locked into that huge yearly salary as currently, the team has decided to go with an open competition since the addition of veteran quarterback Nick Foles.

"With the addition of Nick Foles, it's exactly what we talked about from the start - we want to create competition. We've talked to both players and it's an open competition," Bears general manager Ryan Pace told reporters recently.

If Trubisky has a huge year, it is possible that he makes a ton of money in the future with the Bears or another team in a long-term deal as a franchise quarterback.

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