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Bills sign Mitchell Trubisky as Josh Allen’s backup

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Former Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is headed to Buffalo. Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported the Bills have signed the former No. 2 overall pick.

It always seemed unlikely Trubisky would be able to find a starting job, more so after the Bears signed veteran Andy Dalton. He will head to Buffalo to back up Josh Allen on a team intent on competing for a Super Bowl.

Trubisky has already had a whirlwind of a career and will look to rejuvenate it with the Bills.

The Bears pulled a shocker when they traded up to select the former North Carolina product. Trubisky struggled in his rookie season, but the selection looked like it might pay dividends when he made the Pro Bowl in 2018.

Trubisky went 11-3 in 14 starts that season, completing 66.6 percent of his attempts for 3,223 yards and 24 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He seemed to thrive as a dual-threat guy in Matt Nagy’s offense, extending plays with his legs and scrambling for 421 yards on 6.2 yards per carry.

But the 26-year-old never quite recaptured that success. His total quarterback rating slipped to 41.5 in 2019 and he also averaged a career-low 6.1 yards gained per pass attempt.

Trubisky’s early-season struggles in 2020 prompted the Bears to turn to Nick Foles. Although Trubisky would reclaim the starting job and perform well down the stretch, all signs pointed to the two sides going separate ways this offseason.

Buffalo already has its franchise quarterback in Allen, who had an MVP-caliber season in 2020. But Trubisky will come in to provide support in the quarterback room and join a possible Super Bowl contender after the Bills made the AFC title game.