We know Mitchell Trubisky probably took a sizable discount to sign with the Buffalo Bills. Now we’ve learned he also might’ve passed up a chance to start.
The quarterback-hungry Denver Broncos showed interest in Trubisky, a league source told Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, before the 2017 No. 2 overall pick inked his one-year deal with the Bills. The source added he was surprised that Trubisky chose Buffalo, considering he presumably would’ve been in contention to start in Denver.
The Broncos currently feature one of the worst quarterback rooms in the league. Starter Drew Lock ranked 32nd among 35 qualified quarterbacks in passer-rating last season. His backups are Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel.
While Trubisky struggled last season, he led the Bears to a 29-21 record overall, and pushed them back to the playoffs after he had reclaimed his starting job from Nick Foles. Undoubtedly, Trubisky would’ve been the most accomplished quarterback on Denver’s roster.
With the No. 9 overall pick in the NFL Draft, John Elway will likely miss his chance to draft one of the top-four quarterbacks available. The job really could’ve been Trubisky’s to lose.
And yet, he chose Buffalo, where he’ll sit behind Josh Allen — barring injury. Trubisky’s choice illustrates the clout of Buffalo’s program around the NFL. He apparently thinks working with Brian Daboll every week is more valuable than standing under center in Denver.
It’s hard to blame him. The Broncos possess a weak offensive line and relatively unproven group of pass-catchers. If Allen were to go down, Trubisky could seamlessly step into Buffalo’s offense. The two play similar styles.
We’ve seen backup quarterbacks enjoy big paydays based off limited exposure, such as Matt Flynn, who signed a deal for $10 million guaranteed after one good start with the Packers — and that is not an exaggeration.
One impressive outing in a key spot for Trubisky for the Bills would be more helpful than taking hits all season in Denver. It’s a calculation he was wise to make.