...my colleague JJ Stankevitz points out that Blaine Gabbert, who was drafted 10th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, went on to start 21 more games with other teams after his rookie contract expired. He even beat the Bears at Soldier Field in 2015.
But Trubisky and Gabbert are both on the list of eight first round quarterbacks not to have their fifth-year option picked up. That list also includes Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Brandon Weeden, E.J. Manuel, Johnny Manziel and Paxton Lynch, who all combined to make one start after their rookie deals expired. The last quarterback on that list is Teddy Bridgewater, who had extenuating circumstances with his gruesome knee injury, and is now the starter in Carolina.
Most of the quarterbacks on that list all looked like busts very quickly in their careers. It didn’t take long to realize they didn’t belong on the field. Locker never played in more than 11 games in a season. The Browns got rid of Weeden after just two seasons. Manuel never played in more than 10 games in a season and never had a passer rating above 80.3. Manziel was Johnny Manziel. Lynch got four starts and played in five total games. That is his entire NFL career.
Despite not being one to pile up a ton of passing yards, Trubisky (41 starts) has more career passing yards in three seasons (8,554) than any quarterback on the list except for Gabbert (9,063), who has seven more career starts than Trubisky over five additional seasons. The next closest player is Bridgewater, who has 7,652 yards in 34 starts, followed by Ponder, who had only 6,658 passing yards in 36 career starts.
If you’re not catching on yet, Trubisky is much more comparable to Bridgewater — the exception on this list — than all the others. And again, even Gabbert went on to start 21 additional games, even though his career passer rating is still only 71.7. Trubisky’s career passer rating is 85.8 and he posted a 95.4 rating in 2018, which none of these quarterbacks can even sniff in seasons they were full-time starters. Bridgewater is closest with an 88.7 passer rating when he started 16 games with the Vikings in 2015.