According to sources, the New York Giants are expected to make a run at Mitchell Trubisky when the negotiating window opens next week.
If Trubisky were to sign with the Giants, it would be with the intention of pushing Daniel Jones, a fellow top 10 draft pick who has had a rocky three seasons. The idea is to let the best quarterback win.
The Giants want to have Trubisky back with coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen. After four years with the Chicago Bears, Trubisky spent last season in Buffalo.
New York can offer more than just an opportunity to start, because of the strong relationship with Trubisky.
I think of him immediately because of my connection with him in Buffalo. I am excited to see what he does in New York, but I don't know where I will go. He is a great leader. I think that he is authentic and real with all the guys and that is why so many people respected him in our building. I am excited to see what he does.
You think of New York. You think of New York City and the Giants when you think of New York. I am excited to see that offense because I know that Coach Daboll will do a great job.
It is not a slam dunk that Trubisky will land in New York. He may have better options if the Giants are tight against the salary cap.
Competition for Trubisky's services will be serious. He could immediately be offered a better chance to start by teams such as the Washington Commanders and New Orleans Saints. Trubisky would be the top quarterback for those teams. In New York, that wouldn't be the case.
Trubisky, 27, would likely start on an equal line or behind Jones, who Giants ownership recently admitted has done everything possible to screw this kid up since he's been here.
Jones threw 10 touchdown passes and seven interceptions last season. In his first three years as a starter, he has 45 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions with a 62.8% completion percentage.
Trubisky has a 64.1% completion percentage in his career.
The Giants are looking to have a strong contingency plan after last year&s debacle with Mike Glennon as the backup. Jones has missed time in each of his first three professional seasons because of a neck injury. The Giants lost all six of their games with Glennon and Jake Fromm at quarterback.
The financial situation of New York would make it difficult to land Trubisky. According to multiple league sources, Trubisky is expected to get a deal that will max out with incentives of $10 million per season or more.
The Giants are over the salary cap as they look to make some moves before the start of free agency next week.
They are looking for another quarterback and Trubisky fits that mold. He is a veteran with a track record of success. A league source said the new regime was looking for a mobile quarterback to complement Jones.
Some of the other free-agent options that fit this mold include Marcus Mariota, Case Keenum, Tyrod Taylor, and Jacoby Brissett.
Jones and Trubisky were both top 10 picks, but they didn't blossom in difficult situations early in their careers.
Trubisky signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Buffalo. His year on the sideline behind Josh Allen made him more attractive.
There is a belief that a change of scenery and the right system would allow Trubisky to excel.
One offensive coach said it was worth taking a flier on at the right price for a quarterback competition.