Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Justin Fields still waits on 2024 team

Bears QB Justin Fields is still waiting to find out what Chicago’s decision will be with the number one pick.

In a storyline that is dragging on as the Bears look to get the most value they can for Justin Fields, the QB himself is ready for the whole saga to be over.

“Yeah, of course. Of course I want to stay,” Fields said. “I can’t see myself playing in another place. But if it was up to me, I would want to stay in Chicago. I love the city. The city’s lit. The fans there are great, and the people. It’s a business. I ain’t got no control over it; whatever happens, happens. I think the biggest thing with all this going on right now, I just want it to be over. Like, just let me know if I’m getting traded, let me know if I’m staying, this and that.”

“I did think Justin Fields got better,” Bears GM Ryan Poles said in January. “I think he can lead this team. But at the same time, there’s a unique situation where I have to look, and our staff has to look, at everything, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

Justin Fields has less trade value than the number 1 pick

“It’s a unique spot in the draft to have the first overall pick, the ninth overall pick,” Bears offensive coordinator Shane Waldron said. “Just from an organization in general, you know, it’s not going to happen too often.”

Waldron went on to say his system would fit Justin Fields, or Caleb Williams. “I felt different quarterbacks have been able to step foot into the system, be able to learn it quickly,” he said. “That starts with us being able to teach it in a good and efficient manner where they understand it and then being able to go … because each guy’s gonna have a different skill-set. So what direction does it go? The players really take ownership and control of that.”

While the Bears may want to move on from Justin Fields while extracting full value from their former starting QB, there can be no doubt that the real value for the Bears would be in trading the number one pick.

Just last season Chicago traded the number-one pick to Carolina for three-firsts, two-seconds and WR DJ Moore. The likely value of Fields at this point, given that most pundits expect him to be moved is likely a first and second at best.

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