According to a report from a credible insider, the Washington Football Team has its eyes on a former first-round quarterback.
The Washington Football Team entered the 2021 free agency period with a puzzling quandary at quarterback. Ron Rivera’s squad sits at No. 19 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, out of range of the top quarterback prospects. And in free agency, the options that are available don’t inspire much confidence.
It remains anyone’s guess what the Washington Football Team will do at quarterback. They’ve at least ensured that Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen will be back in 2021, but beyond that, everything is still on the table. Per one credible NFL insider, however, Washington has interest in a former first-round pick, who flamed out with his first NFL team.
According to Benjamin Allbright of Pro Football Network, the Washington Football Team has some interest in former Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Allbright stated in a tweet that Washington is “looking to have a true QB competition” and that he “wouldn’t be surprised if Trubisky gets a second act there”.
The desire to launch a true competition makes sense. The Washington Football Team paid somewhat for its early confidence in Dwayne Haskins in 2020. Haskins ended up thinning the ice beneath his feet with poor play, and was eventually released when his situation proved to be beyond reconciliation in D.C.
Were the Washington Football Team to sign Trubisky, Trubisky would be in a situation where he’d have to earn another starting opportunity. Nothing would be handed to Trubisky, and that sounds like the kind of competitive environment that Ron Rivera wants to produce.
As for Trubisky himself, the theoretical investment in the former North Carolina star is intriguing. Trubisky was the first quarterback selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Bears traded up to select Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
Trubisky earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2018, passing for 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 picks in that season. But aside from that, it’s been a lot of disappointment for the 26-year old, who’s never ascended above league-average standing. He was benched in 2020 before eventually replacing Nick Foles, and in the playoffs, he was a lame duck quarterback whose efforts seemed futile.
Trubisky has a decent arm and good athleticism for the position, but his upside is somewhat clouded in Washington, especially if the Washington Football Team pays over $10 million for him. Trubisky hasn’t shown any linear progression over his time in the NFL, and he appears to be a bit too slow as a processor, and a bit too bland of a talent to win meaningful games.
Nevertheless, the Washington Football Team is in a tough position, and as a buy-low option with some salvage upside, Trubisky has some merit. It’s all about the valuation for Trubisky, and that’s something Washington is likely mulling over as we speak.