Bears agree to trade Justin Fields to Steelers

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In a surprising move, the Chicago Bears have agreed to trade their young quarterback Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a 2025 sixth-round draft pick that could escalate to a fourth-rounder based on Fields’ playing time, pending the completion of his physical with the Steelers.

“We have explored various trade scenarios over the past few weeks, and we believe trading Justin to Pittsburgh at this juncture is the best course of action for both parties,” said Bears General Manager Ryan Poles. “Today, we spoke with Justin to inform him of the trade and our rationale behind it as an organization. We extend our gratitude for his unwavering dedication, leadership, and the relentless effort he poured into our franchise and community over the past three years. We wish him the best in his pursuit of a long and successful NFL career.”

Fields, who was drafted by the Bears with the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has spent his entire three-year NFL career with the team. During his tenure, he has completed 60.3% of his passes for 6,674 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 30 interceptions, amassing an 82.3 passer rating. Additionally, he has accumulated 2,220 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns on 356 carries.

To acquire Fields in the 2021 draft, the Bears traded up nine spots, sending four draft picks to the New York Giants: their first-round (No. 20) and fifth-round (No. 164) picks in 2021, as well as their first-round and fourth-round picks in 2022.

Fields began his rookie season as the backup to veteran Andy Dalton but was thrust into the starting role after Dalton suffered an injury in the second game of the season. Fields started the next eight contests, appearing in 12 games overall and making 10 starts. He threw for 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns, and 10 interceptions, with a 73.2 passer rating, while also rushing for 420 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries.

In his second season in 2022, Fields blossomed into an electrifying dual-threat quarterback. The Georgia native rushed for 1,143 yards – the second-highest total by a quarterback in NFL history – and eight touchdowns, while also passing for 2,242 yards and 17 touchdowns.

This past season, Fields started all 13 games he played, completing 61.4% of his passes for 2,562 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions, with an 86.3 passer rating. He added 657 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns on 124 carries.