Pittsburgh Steelers on the verge of completing trade for another Chicago Bears quarterback

The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded for Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields, just one day after acquiring former Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.

Bears reportedly trade Justin Fields to Steelers, clearing the way for  likely No. 1 pick QB Caleb Williams - Yahoo Sports

when departing Denver, Wilson, 35, was expected to become Pittsburgh’s new starter when the incumbent Kenny Pickett was dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles.

However, the Steelers have already added Fields, who has been the Bears’ starter since being drafted in the first round in 2021.

“Ready for this next chapter,” the 25-year-old stated on X., external

“Can’t say thank you enough to the city of Chicago for taking me in and embracing me.”

Fields, a mobile quarterback, demonstrated flashes of his athleticism during his first two seasons with Chicago, while some questioned whether he relied too heavily on his legs to escape pressure.

After only three victories in 2022, Chicago possessed the first selection in last year’s draft, but they kept trust in Fields and traded the pick to the Carolina Panthers for receiver DJ Moore and many draft picks.

These included Carolina’s first-round pick this year, which ended up being the first overall after the Panthers finished last season with the NFL’s poorest record.

The Bears improved to a 7-10 record in 2023, as Fields relied more on his passing game, tossing for 2,562 yards and 16 touchdowns while cutting his rushing yards in half from 1,143 to 657.

But this time, Chicago elected to move on from Fields, knowing that they couldn’t pass up the first overall pick for the second time, especially because several quarterbacks are among the most highly rated talents in this year’s draft class.

“Thank you to the entire Bears organisation and ownership for allowing me the opportunity to be part of such a historic franchise,” Fields went on to say.

“But most of all, I want to thank all of my brothers with whom I played. You all were the reason I approached each day in the manner I did. I wish each of you nothing but success.”

Pittsburgh, who has not lost a season in 17 years under coach Mike Tomlin and was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs last season, has suddenly rebuilt their quarterback roster in free agency.

In addition to bringing in two of last season’s starting quarterbacks, the team has released Pickett and his backups Mitchell Trubisky (Buffalo Bills) and Mason Rudolph (Tennessee Titans), all of whom started games after Pickett sustained an ankle injury in December.

 

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