Bears received ‘at least one better offer’ for Justin Fields than the Steelers’: report


Bears received ‘at least one better offer’ for Justin Fields than the Steelers’: report originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Bears traded Justin Fields to the Steelers earlier this month for a conditional 2025 sixth-round pick.

General manager Ryan Poles intentionally compromised Fields’ return so the fourth-year quarterback could play at his preferred destination as quickly as possible. According to a new report from ESPN, the Bears received a better offer than the one they finalized with the Steelers.

“Bears general manager Ryan Poles ultimately followed through on a combine pledge to ‘do right by Justin,’ dealing Fields to Pittsburgh over at least one better offer from a team with an established quarterback starter, a Bears team source said,” ESPN’s Brooke Pryor wrote on Friday.

Who was the one team that offered a better trade package for Fields? Could it have been the Eagles before they acquired Kenny Pickett? Initially, when the Bears informed Fields they planned to trade him, he had four preferred destinations in mind, including the Steelers, according to the report.

“The Steelers were one of four teams on Fields’ radar prior to the start of free agency, along with the Vikings, Raiders and Falcons, a source familiar with Fields’ thinking said,” Pryor wrote.

MORE: Here are the three teams Justin Fields wanted to go to besides Pittsburgh: report

According to the report, Fields “thought highly of Tomlin,” who hasn’t coached worse than a .500 season with the Steelers in 17 seasons as their head coach. There, he will play understudy to Russell Wilson but have the chance to learn and develop further.

The Vikings lost Kirk Cousins in free agency, opening up their starting quarterback spot this offseason. It makes sense he wasn’t traded there considering the Bears would then have to face Fields twice per year.

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Publish date : 2024-03-29 22:13:39

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