Buccaneers should get in on popular free agent quarterback
By Rob Leeds
Mitch Trubisky may not excite anyone after some bleak stretches with the Bears, but the Buccaneers should keep an open mind in their quarterback search.
“Mitch Trubisky to the Buccaneers? You must be out of your mind!”
Perhaps. But living in a world where Blaine Gabbert is getting talks to follow Tom Brady as the starter for the Bucs will do weird things to a person’s brain.
No one ever understood why the Bears took Trubisky so high in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the following product left plenty for both sides to argue about.
Team success was streaky, Trubisky’s weapons were suspect, and the flashes of good and down-right terrible were clear.
One of those bright moments actually came against the Buccaneers. That is a day that all of us would like to forget.
Continuing on with the benefits of Trubisky, his success largely came despite Matt Nagy being one of the worst coaches in the NFL during his last two seasons in Chicago. Watching Nagy almost-intentionally set Justin Fields up to fail this last season showed us everything we needed to know about quarterback play during the past few years.
The arm talent and athleticism are there. Trubisky is also coming off a year where he was a backup, so the price tag is cheap. The prospect is at least interesting, and other teams are taking notice too.
According to Jordan Schultz on Twitter, the Commanders, Steelers, and Saints are giving Trubisky a look, and the Bucs should join that list.
Trubisky is undeniably better than Gabbert is today, has a higher long-term ceiling than Trask, and his skillsets tend to favor the modern NFL’s reliance on improvising outside of the pocket.
This signing wouldn’t cost the Bucs much and doesn’t guarantee anything; it simply ensures that the team is pursuing every avenue to find the best replacement for Brady during a time where the team can still compete.
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