Former top-five draft pick would be a great fit for the Cardinals

(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) Mitchell Trubisky
(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) Mitchell Trubisky /

The Arizona Cardinals may find themselves among the NFL’s quarterback-needy franchises if they don’t resolve their issues with Kyler Murray. 

Not that Murray’s going anywhere, but it’s always safe to hope for the best but assume the worst. That said, the Arizona Cardinals need to be on the prowl for a quarterback. And while I previously stated they should seriously consider trading for Davis Mills – who had the second-best rookie season from a statistical standpoint, all options need to be on the table.

So why sign Mitchell Trubisky over other quarterbacks? The guy only flamed out in Chicago, right? Okay, on the surface, that’s exactly what it looks like. Except the Bears’ offense stagnated even further in 2021 without him, which culminated in head coach Matt Nagy’s firing.

Here are a few more fun facts about Trubisky from his time with the Bears during the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons.

  • He helped Chicago make the playoffs twice and he compiled a record of 25-13 as a starter.
  • He logged a 65.2 percent completion rate.
  • He posted a 57:30 touchdown to interception ratio.
  • He amassed 809 rushing yards and six touchdowns, never averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry.

Not that Trubisky didn’t have a downside. He failed to show that he can elevate talent around him, but few quarterbacks have that ability. And so far, Kyler Murray hasn’t shown it, so let’s not knock Trubisky down too many rungs here.

He also averaged over 7.0 yards per pass attempt just once, and that came in 2018. And he took 38 sacks in 2019, which is a little much.

Trubisky isn’t a perfect quarterback. But he wins games, something he proved during his time in Chicago. Trubisky has also shown ball security and that he can evade the pass rush when needed. He also possesses better size than Murray, at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds.

Sure, Trubisky may be a “draft bust” at this point in time. But he’s got credentials to back up his game. If the Cardinals can re-sign the likes of James Conner, Christian Kirk, and Zach Ertz, among others, a quarterback like Trubisky is really all the Cardinals need.

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