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The Bear’s Den, May 4, 2020

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Fallout from the Bears not picking Mitchell Trubisky’s option, plus news from around the NFL

Lance Briggs, greatest 55 for the Chicago Bears... and Bear For Life Charles Tillman
Lance Briggs, greatest 55 for the Chicago Bears... and Bear For Life Charles Tillman
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

This one’s fitting after we see who did and didn’t get their fifth-year options picked up...

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears Reportedly Decline Mitchell Trubisky’s 5th Year Option – On Tap Sports Net - Trubisky joins a long list of first-round picks who were not given a fifth-year extension. Miles Garret is the only top-five pick from the 2017 NFL Draft to receive a fifth-year extension

Message for Mitchell Trubisky: It’s Just Business - SI.com - It’s all in Mitchell Trubisky’s hands now.

Bears announce new jersey numbers for rookies - Bear Report - Chicago Bears rookies and undrafted free agents have officially picked their new jersey numbers for the upcoming season.

Chicago Bears decline option on Mitch Trubisky - Bear Report - The Chicago Bears have decline the fifth-year option on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky according to a report.

Bears Decline Mitchell Trubisky’s 5th-Year Option - 670 The Score - The Bears will decline quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s fifth-year option. That puts Trubisky, 25, in line to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season.

Do you miss Jay Cutler? Get over it - Chicago Sun-Times - With Mitch Trubisky’s Bears career in limbo, revisionist history is making some Bears fans long for a talented-but-flawed quarterback who was much better in their memory than on the field.

Bears podcast: Mitch Trubisky’s option is declined - Chicago Sun-Times - How will the decision to decline Mitch Trubisky’s option affect the Bears?

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky could end up like Kyle Fuller — or Kevin White - Chicago Sun-Times - Now that the Bears have done the expected and declined the quarterback’s fifth-year option for 2021, the 2017 No. 2 overall pick is on the clock.

Bears’ confidence in Mitch Trubisky hits all-time low as they decline option - Chicago Sun-Times - The option would’ve paid Trubisky around $24 million in 2021, and the Bears easily could’ve escaped it if necessary. Instead, they see little chance of him turning his career around.

Bears decline QB Mitch Trubisky’s 5th-year option for 2021 season - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears would’ve paid him around $24 million if they had exercised the option on his rookie contract.

Mitch Trubisky: Chicago Bears decline QB’s 5th-year option - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears have finally made their decision on Mitch Trubisky’s fifth-year option, declining to pick it up. So what does it all mean?

Bears will reportedly decline Mitch Trubisky’s 5th-year option - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears officially have until Monday to make a decision on QB Mitch Trubisky’s contract.

Bears declining Mitch Trubisky’s fifth-year option changes nothing for 2020 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will not exercise Mitch Trubisky’s fifth-year option, as expected, but that doesn’t alter his outlook in 2020 and beyond.

POLISH SAUSAGE

QB Andy Dalton signs one-year deal to join Cowboys - NFL.com - Free-agent quarterback Andy Dalton is coming home. Dalton has agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth up $7M with the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Saturday.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Will 2020 be Aaron Rodgers' last season with the Packers? - ProFootballTalk - It’s become a given, given the decision to draft quarterback Jordan Love and to not draft any receivers, that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may have only two years left with the team. What if it’s only one year?

Detroit Lions decline Jarrad Davis’ 5th-year option - Pride Of Detroit - It appears the Lions may be preparing for life after Davis.

Vikings still haven’t completely ruled out bringing back Everson Griffen - Daily Norseman - Could it still happen?

Getting Stefon Diggs out of the NFC helped persuade Vikings to trade him - ProFootballTalk - At the Scouting Combine, Simms and I asked Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman, who famously said in 2013 that the Vikings “have no intent to trade Percy Harvin,” to look into the camera and say that the Vikings have no intent to trade Stefon Diggs.

Finding a silver lining in the Packers’ 2020 offseason - Acme Packing Company - Simply seeking answers from the Shanahan coaching tree explains the Packers’ current straetgy.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Which 2021 draft quarterbacks should the Bears watch for? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have a need at quarterback and a first-round pick for the first time since 2018 coming next year, so which 2021 quarterbacks should they keep an eye on?

Who is the one free agent the Bears should sign? - Windy City Gridiron - Sure the Bears have a full roster, but there’s still time to tweak things before training camp, so who would you like to see them add as a free agent?

Infante: Bears decline Mitchell Trubisky’s fifth-year option - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have chosen to not pick up their quarterback’s fifth-year option.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears announce rookie jersey numbers - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have announced the jersey numbers for their 2020 NFL Draft class, their class of undrafted free agent rookies, and a few veteran additions and number swaps. Considering the Bears...

What was your least favorite draft day pick? - Windy City Gridiron - We’re flipping the script from yesterday’s round table kickoff question and asking the WCG staff for their least fav picks of the NFL Draft!

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