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Bills GM Reveals Surprising Detail About Mitchell Trubisky Contract Negotiations

Mitchell Trubisky contract details have emerged that show a team-friendly deal for the Bills.
Mitchell Trubisky contract details have emerged that show a team-friendly deal for the Bills. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky is on the move. The former Chicago Bear's No. 2 overall pick has signed with the Buffalo Bills.

The 26-year-old free agent agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Trubisky will replace Matt Barkley as Josh Allen’s main backup for at least one year.

Mitch Trubisky Contract

The Bills reported that Trubisky had better offers on the table from other teams in terms of dollars. But he still chose the Bills, apparently sold on a chance to reset and learn from QB Josh Allen, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey. Trubisky's $2.5 million contract includes a $2 million base salary, of which $1.5 million is fully guaranteed. He received a $500,000 signing bonus.

The contract also includes up to $2 million in incentives for playing time, passer rating, completion percentage, touchdowns, and postseason playing time. All of that would hinge on Josh Allen becoming injured or unable to play.

Allen, who is a mobile passer like Trubisky, had a breakout season in his third year with the Bills. He showed remarkable improvement, passing for 4,544 and 37 touchdowns while becoming All-Pro and a Pro Bowler during the 2020 season in leading the Bills to the playoffs and AFC Championship game.

Trubisky has the dubious distinction of having the first quarterback off the board in the 2017 NFL draft class, being followed by a pair of now-stars in Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. His best season was in 2018 when he passed for 3,223 and 24 touchdowns in leading the Bears (12-4) to the NFC North title and the playoffs.

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