The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to reshape the quarterback room this offseason, and while it depends on how that will go down, the carousel and rumors will be endless. One of those players that will likely be circled for them is Justin Fields. Fields is in his thrid season with Chicago, but with them holding the Panthers’ pick, the No. 1 overall pick at that, it seems likely that Fields could be moved.
Adam Schefter joined ESPN Chicago and on Waddle and Silvy to discuss what the Bears might get for Fields, and Schefter thinks it could be as rich as a first-round pick.
“Definitely,” Schefter responded when asked if he thinks the Bears could land a second-round pick. “I think they might get a 1.”
Already, Justin Fields to the Steelers has become a movement that some analysts want to see happen. Robert Mays of The Ringer wants Fields in Pittsburgh because of the fit and marriage of that talent.
“If the Steelers decide, ‘Hey, we did the Kenny Pickett thing, even if we didn’t put him in the best position, we still think this isn’t our best path forward,’ are they a team that could look to take a big swing and try to go get somebody like this?” Mays said on The Athletic Football Show.
In an interview with Bob Pomepeani of KDKA-TV on Tuesday, team president Art Rooney II said that the team was unprepared to rule out any method of acquiring another quarterback to compete with incumbent starter Kenny Pickett.
The most obvious quarterback on the trade market is Fields. The Bears’ first-round pick in 2021, Fields has been a three-year starter and improved every season. But now the Bears have the No. 1 overall pick and could have their sights set on Caleb Williams of USC or Drake Maye of UNC. That could result in Fields landing on the trade market.
“As we sit here in early February, we’re not closing the door on anything,” Rooney said when asked about a potential for a trade. “We have a lot of evaluations to go through. We’ll go through all the options and do what we need to do to be better this coming season.”
The Steelers have committed to giving Pickett another shot as the team’s starting quarterback, but Rooney did say that they need Pickett to perform at a higher level in 2024.
“The next step, number one, would look like more points, week in and week out,” Rooney said. “Just being a more effective offense, continuing to do some of the things we were able to do this year in terms of ball control, being able to run effectively, but then add on top of that, scoring more touchdowns.”
The Steelers also have a decision to make about backup quarterback Mason Rudolph, who had supplanted Pickett by the end of the 2023 season. Rooney was quick to point out that Rudolph has a decision to make, too.