Connect with us

Steelers News

Steelers Excited about Justin Fields’ Future: ‘Oozes Talent and Potential’

The Pittsburgh Steelers are excited about Justin Fields, who Mike Tomlin says oozes talent.



Pittsburgh Steelers Chicago Bears Justin Fields
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) passes during an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Russell Wilson is in the pole position. If you’re a fan of NASCAR, you know that means Wilson is in the most advantageous position in the quarterback competition. But Justin Fields will not go away that easily in the competition. Mike Tomlin and the Steelers realize their potential in Fields.

“Oh my god, man, he oozes talent and potential. He’s worn the responsibility of being the franchise quarterback, but still gets to come into a community situation to learn from a guy that’s been doing it for over a decade. There’s a lot of meat left on that bone and I’m excited about working on extracting it,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin added that they are not ‘resistant to competition’ regarding those players. And it seems that competition will occur during training camp and the preseason. Until then, Wilson will assume the starting job. But when it comes to Fields, Tomlin is not focusing on his last stop or how the Bears used him. Instead, he wants to focus on the talents that Fields brings to the field, notably the potential that is untapped within his game.

“I’m not judging anything that was done in Chicago,” Tomlin said. “That’s not of my business. I just look at the pedigree and talent. That’s the things that are not relative to coaching.”

The team landed Justin Fields for little, just a sixth-round pick that could conditionally turn into a fourth-round pick from the Bears. For the first time since the trade, Bears general manager Ryan Poles spoke on the trade, specifically how hard it was for him to move Fields.

“You know, trading Justin, it’s one of the harder things I’ve had to do,” Poles said. “I always touch on the empathy part, like, having that conversation with my own son was hard. His jersey is up in his room. So, it kind of puts into perspective on how difficult those moves are. But I really felt like that was best for our organization and best for Justin”

Poles went over to Bears head coach Matt Eberflus’ house to let Justin Fields know that he was being traded to the Steelers. And Mike Tomlin and the Steelers appear excited by Fields and what he can do for the team.

“I think that’s to be determined and I think that’s one of the exciting components of team development, the division of labor roles and so forth, particularly when you got new and exciting talent makes the process an exciting one and so I’m excited about getting to know him and his skillset and what he can do,” Tomlin said of Fields.

Fields took a small step forward in 2023, his third year as Chicago’s starting quarterback. The 24-year-old Ohio State alum threw 370 times, completing 227 for 2,562 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw nine interceptions and maintained an 86.3 passer rating and a 5.29 adjusted net yards per attempt.

Last season, he was 192 of 318 for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions, an 85.2 quarterback rating, and 4.63 adjusted net yards per attempt.

Fields is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the Steelers must decide this offseason if they want to pick up the fifth-year option on his contract. That would be a guaranteed $25 million contract for 2025. The Steelers could negotiate a traditional contract extension.

Alan Saunders contributed reporting from Orlando.