Bears Starting Quarterback Odds See Huge Shift After Team Declines Trubisky's Fifth-Year Option
By Zach Brunner
The Chicago Bears made the decision to trade for former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles this offseason, creating competition at the quarterback position. While there's likely to be a quarterback competition between Foles and Mitchell Trubisky, the dust is already beginning to settle in Chicago.
The Bears just recently declined the fifth-year option on Trubisky's rookie contract. As a response, we have seen a dramatic shift in the odds to be Chicago's Week 1 starting quarterback. Just a week ago, Foles was the -150 favorite to win the job, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. After the recent news, those odds have shifted to -480 in Foles' favor.
This leaves Trubisky's shot at being the starter in doubt, with +280 odds for him to win the job. While he progressed from year one to two, it was his regression last season that had Bears fans calling for his job.
But while Trubisky's stats were not great last season, throwing just 17 touchdowns in 15 games, he still lead his team to a winning record in back-to-back seasons as the starter. This is something Foles cannot say, as he went 0-4 last year in Jacksonville.
While there's zero question as to which quarterback has had more NFL success, predicting the victor of this competition is still interesting. Due to the COVID-19 complications, we could see a much shorter in-person lead up to the season. That could give Trubisky a leg up, though the odds certainly suggest otherwise.
In one of the strangest offseasons in recent memory, the Bears' QB competition will certainly be a storyline to watch.
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