It was no doubt a lengthy and painstaking debate that the Chicago Bears knew would determine the future of their franchise. A decision that would no doubt be remembered forever: his jersey number.
In the end, new quarterback Mitchell will officially wear No. 10, the Bears announced on Thursday. Trubisky has worn No. 10 since high school because it was his father’s high school playing number and he now gets to carry the tradition over to his NFL career in Chicago.
Besides officially designating Trubisky’s number, the Bears announced some other jersey numbers and changes on their current roster.
- 2015 First-round pick, Kevin White, will now wear No. 11 - his college number - after previously being No. 13.
- Free agent addition Markus Wheaton was originally awarded No. 10, but switched with Trubisky and is now No. 12.
- New receiver Kendall Wright will take White’s old place and wear No. 13.
- Joshua Bellamy switches with White and will now be No. 15 (shades of Brandon Marshall?).
- 2016 Seventh-round pick Daniel Braverman is making the change from No. 83 to No. 18.
- Free agent cornerback Prince Amukamara will wear No. 20.
- And finally, returning offensive lineman Taylor Boggs will wear No. 57 (how dare the Bears disrespect Olin Kreutz).
None of the other Bears’ new additions in either free agency or the 2017 NFL Draft have had their numbers officially designated yet.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is a staff writer for Windy City Gridiron. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.