Bills sign Mitchell Trubisky

With 32 days until the Bears 1st game, Matt Nagy isnt sure what a best-case scenario would be for a Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles decision
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Josh Allen has a new backup quarterback.

Mitchell Trubisky is signing with the Bills, the team announced.

Trubisky spent the last four years in Chicago, where the Bears made the disastrous decision to trade up to No. 2 overall to select him in a draft in which Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson were the next two quarterbacks selected. Although the Bears got to the playoffs twice in four years with Trubisky as their starter, the team never lived that pick down.

Now Trubisky will head to a team where he has no chance of competing for the starting job and can instead just focus on getting better. Trubisky likely becomes the No. 2 quarterback behind Allen, with Jake Fromm and Davis Webb competing to be the No. 3 quarterback.

The Bears are moving on to Andy Dalton, and Trubisky is officially a Bill. Trubisky officially ends his Bears tenure with 10,609 yards, 64 touchdowns, 37 interceptions, a completion percentage of 64.0 percent, an average of 6.7 yards per pass, and a record of 29-21 as a starter, and 0-2 in the playoffs.

76 responses to “Bills sign Mitchell Trubisky

  1. Interesting wording on Dalton, “moving on to.” While I know that is pop culture popularized because BB invented the term like he has everything else in football, it makes me wonder what the Bears intention really is. I do not believe Foles is a viable 16-game starter. I also do not believe Dalton is the guy who gets you over the hump (I want to, I really want to because I believe his failures have been organization related). What IS the actual plan in Chicago?

  2. Of Ken Dorsey can help Josh Allen as much as he did, maybe he can also turn Mitch into a competent back up

  3. Wow. I’m wondering what it says about Mitch that he knowingly went to a team where he has no chance to start.

  4. He can move back home. Not a horrible commute from Mentor, Ohio to the Bills stadium.

    Good luck, Mitch.

  5. Suprised he didn’t want to go somewhere for a shot to be a starter I guess he is comfortable being a Bench warmer

  6. Watch Biscuit take the Bills to the Super Bowl, proving how much of a mess the Bears are lol.

  7. This is why Trubisky stunk. The Bears made a terrible pick as this guy was never capable of being a starting QB in the league. Good for Trubisky to hide in Josh Allen’s shadow and collect more money then he is actually worth. This guy will be out of the league bagging groceries in 3 years.

  8. Strong backup for the Bills. As for the Bears, it just seems weird. They’ve signed two QBs since Trubisky, but are they better off now than they were with him? I like Foles & Dalton, but they don’t seem to have any upside on that roster compared to Trubisky. The Bears seem a bit lost.

  9. First real questionable move by Beane. They had a competent inexpensive backup in Barkley (and Webb and Fromm), why waste money on this hire? Would have saved money for a TE or DE signing…

  10. What a great win/win. Bills upgrade their back up QB roster, Trubisky gets to enjoy football again.

  11. You guys are missing the point. He didn’t want to come to Buffalo to become a Benchwarmer. He saw that Josh Allen went from raw but talented to an MVP candidate and probably wants to soak up the same developmental skills from the Bills staff.

    He’s trying to go to QB school.

  12. We are about to see Pats level dominance in the AFC East for Buffalo in the next decade.

  13. Perfect backup for Allen actually. I see this like Winston to Saints last year. Taking a year to reset and develop without the pressure to start. Hit the market again in 2022 and go somewhere where he can try to win the starting job.

  14. Football God says:
    March 18, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Suprised he didn’t want to go somewhere for a shot to be a starter I guess he is comfortable being a Bench warmer

    ==========

    Even if there is a likely team, they’d still have to want to sign him, so it’s not fully under his control.

    He may have realized that there was no immediate starter opening, so the best bet is to go to a quality team to solidify his rep for the next opening. He might have a more realistic starting shot in, say, SF or Dallas, but I’m not sure how many more options there were.

  15. bombaclaudie2021 says:
    March 18, 2021 at 3:09 pm
    LOL….Bench Rider, Clip Board holder for life!!!!!
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    That is a sensational job if you can get it. I expect every single person who posts on this board would take that job in a nanosecond; and be set for life after one or two seasons.

  16. You don’t bring in a beast like this if you’re happy with your current quarterback

  17. Bet he gets more coaching in 1 year with the bills than he got in 4 years with these clowns.

  18. Can Trubisky help the Bills win a few games as a backup? I think he can, it is hard to find a backup with playing experience.

  19. Trade capital. They got 2 young unproven QB’s behind Allen already. If those guys develop into competent backups, they can get something of value for Trubisky.
    Interestingly, Mitchell has the same skillset as Allen. Size, arm strength, physical running ability. Trubisky wasn’t totally horrible.
    Just not really No.1 draft material.

  20. I’m just laughing at all the “what a steal, perfect signing” comments. You guys are all adorable

  21. His style is similar to Allen’s, so the O won’t have to adjust much if he is ever called upon to play.

    VERY unexpected move, but undoubtedly an upgrade.

  22. I hate how Buffalo’s backup quarterback is now better than my team’s starting QB. What is BB doing???

  23. Those aren’t horrible stats, which raises the question of why he looked so horrible so often with the Bears. He was never going to live up to his draft pedigree, since he was always a 4th round sort of talent, but now he may have found a niche where he can develop a career that lasts. I don’t think he’s an upgrade for the Bills at all, but the Bills are definitely an upgrade for him.

  24. It’s Mitch’s fault he’s not as good as Mahomes or Watson but it’s certainly not his fault he was drafted ahead of them.

  25. A good signing for both the team and the player. I think Trubisky needs to just sit and observe for awhile. A tough, humble kid seems like the right fit for Buffalo. I wish him well…

  26. I am not going to blast anyone who wants to positively spin this for Mitch. I have nothing against him, but he was overvalued and way overdrafted by Pace – none of which is Trubisky’s fault. But he will never be more than a journeyman backup. End of story.

  27. Those aren’t terrible stats. He’s an above average QB. Perhaps he has resigned himself to lifelong backup QB status? maybe he wanted to get close to the QB coaches that turned Josh Allen around? Maybe he’s taking a year to improve while free agent money isn’t available, then looking for a starter spot next year?

    There are some career backup QBs that have made a mint in their careers.

  28. Why do people keep putting Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in the same sentence? Oops. I just did it again. My bad.

  29. Brilliant move by the Bills. They’ll trade Trubisky to a team when the season ending QB injury happens.

  30. Lockport Lax says:
    March 18, 2021 at 3:16 pm
    First real questionable move by Beane. They had a competent inexpensive backup in Barkley (and Webb and Fromm), why waste money on this hire? Would have saved money for a TE or DE signing…

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    Barkley was not competent. Look at his career gamelogs and point out which single game was actually a good game. If this is questionable at all its because of the salary when the Bills are already tight on the cap. But just in football terms, this is a great signing. The Bills are in a championship window – if Allen goes down for a month, they can’t have their season derailed by going 0-4 or 0-5; Trubisky can come in and give them a chance to win a couple of those games.

  31. Fact. Snakebitsky got the Bears into the playoffs as many times as Dak Prescott did for the Cows, exactly twice.

  32. Good investment (trade bait), by week 5 of the regular season, team will be offering draft picks for him.

  33. mackcarrington says:
    March 18, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Trade capital. They got 2 young unproven QB’s behind Allen already. If those guys develop into competent backups, they can get something of value for Trubisky.

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    They signed him to a 1 year contract. They won’t be trading Trubisky.

  34. His career has certainly been a disappointment on the field, but he’s going to get paid for a few more years as a clipholder after 4 years cashing in top 10 pick checks. Silver linings.

  35. I’m no Trubisky fan (thought the Bears made a colossal mistake moving up to draft him) but this seems like an ideal scenario for him. He plays a similar game to Allen and will have a tremendous supporting cast if he needs to step in for a while. I’m a Vikings fan, but I think the Bills are one of the most well-run and fun to watch teams in the league.

  36. We all can laugh but I’d LOVE to toss a football all week and hold a clipboard on Sunday. The Cheddar’s good too.

  37. How is Andy Dalton an upgrade over Trubisky? Chicago will regret the move.

  38. californianewton says:
    March 18, 2021 at 3:53 pm
    Fact. Snakebitsky got the Bears into the playoffs as many times as Dak Prescott did for the Cows, exactly twice.

    True that but I think it says a lot more about Dak than it does about Trubes. Mind you, I do not think Trubes is a good QB, nor do I think he ever will be. But Dak had years where he had a team around him, including a credible running threat, and still didn’t produce. Trubes hasn’t really ever had anything. So I have to give him a pass on the playoff thing.

  39. Away with you boy, and the best of luck to you! Da Bears let the best QB walk…

  40. He’s a good guy and a borderline starter in the league. A year off from the ineptitude of the Bears might be very good for him. I don’t have any expectations for him to be more than a journeyman, but if he gets some time to take a break and develop, maybe he could do some things. I’m certainly cheering for him to do so. He wasn’t what he was drafted to be, but Chicago did him no favors, either, with trying to make him into a Mahomes or Alex Smith instead of his skillset, limited as it is.

  41. Good re-set opportunity for Trubisky on a one-year agreement in an offense designed around the QB’s abilities rather than trying to put him into a system not tailored to his strengths like the Bear did.

    The original plan with Trubisky was to bring him around slowly and acclimate him to Nagy’s offense. He only had 13 starts in college and 12 starts in the John Fox silliness before moving on to Nagy’s system.

    The expectations were low for the Bears in 2018; then they acquired Mack, adding him to an already top 10 defense; that accelerated the plan, playoff talk started, and ramped up the pressure and expectations on Trubisky. What was supposed to be a learning year suddenly became a potential (in the eyes of the Bears) Super Bowl year. Although he had decent stats (mostly on the strength of performance against lesser opponents), he clearly wasn’t good enough at that point. But really, he put up decent numbers and established a base to build off of- nothing wrong with 24 TD’s, 12 INT’s, and a 95 rating.

    Nagy never adjusted his system to take advantage of Trubisky’s skillset, and was hell-bent on shoehorning him into his system. It didn’t work. Maybe Trubisky can be a starter again in a different environment after playing out this one-year contract.

  42. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    March 18, 2021 at 4:09 pm
    How is Andy Dalton an upgrade over Trubisky? Chicago will regret the move.

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    that’s why Bears only signed him for one year contract

  43. very little downside to this. nagey did biscuit no favors with his coaching or game plans. #playtoyourplayersstrengths

  44. Somebody mentiones here that the Bills got Trubisky to developed him and next year sell him for a good return. Maybe so….but: If you think that this team is not really that far aaway from going deeper into the playoffs, why would you gamble at this stage rather than trying to shore up positions of need…?? ( and I haven’t read yet how much this gamble is going to cost againt the cap)

  45. iliketurtles says:
    March 18, 2021 at 3:33 pm
    I’m just laughing at all the “what a steal, perfect signing” comments. You guys are all adorable

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    You do realize that a great backup is a questionable starter, right? If they were great starters, they’d instantly have a starting job somewhere else. Your goal for a backup is to find a guy that’s good enough to keep a quality team in the race should he be needed for a few games. That is Mitch. He immediately becomes one of the best backups in the league. And if he becomes the starter, he likely remains a bottom third starter…hence the reason he’s a backup.

  46. Quality backup.

    Backup QB has to be the greatest job ever. Get paid, don’t get beat up and if you stink it up when you need to go in it’s easily blamed on the starter taking all the practice snaps.

  47. I don’t care what anyone says, Cutler was fantastic — I would have just given him his own locker room.

  48. Perhaps I should clarify, the way Allen plays, as in a very physical manner, unafraid to truck a defender, Mitch may get on the field sooner rather than later.

  49. What a waste. They need to pay Allen not rent a back up. Beane thinks he’s cute here, but he’s got a very rude awakening coming with the Allen contract.

  50. And don’t forget this stat: 0 sexual assaults by Trubisky. He’s not keeping up.

    The one game Mitchell played against Andy Dalton was in 2017 (his first season and their only losing season). The Bears killed the Bengals at Cincinnati. Bad move by not at least signing Trubisky. Dalton will be a good addition.

  51. Never hurts to have an experienced QB as a backup. Hope he gets a few shots getting into the game. Good luck to him.

  52. Lockport Lax says:
    March 18, 2021 at 3:16 pm
    First real questionable move by Beane. They had a competent inexpensive backup in Barkley (and Webb and Fromm), why waste money on this hire? Would have saved money for a TE or DE signing…

    Barkley as competent ? On a possible Super Bowl contender ?? NO !

  53. My any measure except expectations, Mitch has done well. Wishing him well (and peace) in Buffalo.

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