Mitchell Trubisky says he won’t hold out, trusting a deal will get done


Mitchell Trubisky insists he won’t hold out.

The Bears quarterback, the highest-remaining unsigned draft pick, vows to have a contract in time to report to training camp with the team July 26.

“I’m not going to miss any practices or anything like that,” Trubisky said, via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. I’m excited to sign my contract as soon as possible, however that goes down. But I don’t see that being held out through training camp; even if it did, I’m going to be practicing and all that. I’m looking forward to getting it done as soon as possible.

“I’m a Chicago Bear, no matter if they let me sign. . . . I guess not, but I am.”

Well, actually, Trubisky won’t take part in training camp practices if he remains unsigned. But the point the former North Carolina star was trying to make was: He believes a deal will get done sooner rather than later.

He noted his agents have a “great relationship” with the Bears front office.

“They tell me not to worry,” Trubisky said. “It’s going to get taken care of. I’m going to be ready to go for training camp. My mind will be in the right spot.”

Joey Bosa, the third overall choice in 2016, had a 31-day holdout before signing his deal with the Chargers. One of the sticking points was offset language.

13 responses to “Mitchell Trubisky says he won’t hold out, trusting a deal will get done

  1. I cant wait for the Vikings to welcome this kid to the NFC North. Ever since he was drafted that was my first thought, man, this kid is gonna get beat up haha!

    Get your money bro, your bosses will be drafting high the next few years in a row so the time is now.

    Its time to eat. SKOL.

  2. The Beloved coming off a 3-13 season (conspiracy theorists may say they used the IR to tank the season to get the high pick), trading three picks to move up one spot to get the anticipated future franchise qb, then failing to get a contract worked out before preseason kicks off? Would look awfully amateurish. It’s all possible, but I doubt Pace let’s that happen. Too important for the organization to get a deal done with the young man. He’ll be there for the start of camp…

  3. hugeheavywoman says:
    Jun 30, 2017 8:06 PM
    I thought under the CBA, all first rounders are slotted?
    They are, but some front offices like to screw around with offset language to the contract when they aren’t sure about the player.

  4. That takes some guts to not sign at this point.
    One real year of college ball.
    Backup QB for a lousy football team.

    Sounds like he’s also been “Kiperized”, believing college players in shorts are equal to NFL veterans.

  5. hugeheavywoman says:
    Jun 30, 2017 8:06 PM

    I thought under the CBA, all first rounders are slotted?

    They are slotted. The “sticking point” that now pops up regularly is offset language. Offset language, in this case, would be terms to the effect that if the Bears cut him before the contract is up and another team signs him, the Bears don’t have to pay him to play for someone else…

    Or at least not fully pay him. If the Bears owe him a million and another team signs him for half a million, the Bears’ obligation would be offset by that half a million.

    I kind of have to go with the teams on this one.

  6. Everyone is slotted in terms of guaranteed money and total contract value, but they still negotiate over offset language and when the guaranteed money is paid out.

    It is better for the team to delay the guaranteed money and to include offset. It is better for the player to omit offset and get all the guaranteed money up front. Usually the team allows the player to choose which perk they want.

    In Bosa’s case, the chargers wanted offset AND to delay the money.

  7. They are slotted. The offset language issue has come up. What that means, is if he gets cut, and then picked up by another team, he won’t get double paid the guaranteed portion.

    The guaranteed amount is offset by what the new team is paying. Some greedy agents want that amount to not be offset.

  8. I’m with NFLexpert. Until you prove your the real deal – your not. Not a lot of bargaining power there. Plus, being a draft pick your slot salary wise. Sign it.

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