With the NFL’s rookie wage scale in place, it makes these signings a bit anticlimactic, but every so often we’ll see a draft pick holdout. Just last year, the San Diego Chargers had to wait for Joey Bosa to sign on the dotted line, as they, and his representation, worked out some contract kinks.
The Chicago Bears have yet to have a rookie hold out since the NFL went with slotted contracts. I can’t even remember who the last Bear was that held out. Was it Cedric Benson?
The second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mitchell Trubisky, signed his four year contract earlier today, and according to Spotrac, he’ll make a “fully guaranteed $29 million contract, with a projected $19.2 million signing bonus.” The Bears will have a team option for a 5th year on the deal.
Even though Trubisky’s contract talks strung out a bit longer than we hoped, that didn’t stop him from participating in the OTAs. “I’m going to be out here at practice everyday,” Trubisky told the Chicago Sun Times on June 6. “My agent and the Bears organization is going to handle that. But I’m not really sure how that stuff works. I’m here to play football, I’m not worried about contracts.”
It was good to see him laser-focused on his job, while his contract situation played out. "It's all about blocking out distractions and how good you want to be," he told chicagobears.com. "It's all about how much time you want to put in. For me it's been a huge focus; block out everything else and just come here and do my job. It's been nice the only thing I have to worry about is football, so it's been a lot of fun."
Trubisky was the last Bears’ draft pick to sign, and he now joins a quarterback room with Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez and Connor Shaw.