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Justin Fields Bids Farewell to Chicago, Ready to Join Steelers

New Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Justin Fields is ready to join the team and bid farewell to the Chicago Bears.



Pittsburgh Steelers QB Justin Fields
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 9, 2021. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers officially traded for Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields on Saturday night, landing the second quarterback for the team in the week after they cleaned shop. And now, Fields is leaving the NFL team he called home for the first three years of his career. On Saturday night, Fields released a statement on social media.

“Can’t say thank you enough to the city of Chicago for taking me in and embracing me. Thank you to the entire Bears organization and ownership for allowing me the opportunity to be part of such a historic franchise. But most of all thank you to my all my brothers that I played with. You all were the reason I attacked each day the way I did. I can’t thank you all enough for what y’all have meant to me over the last 3 years through the ups and downs. I wish each one of you nothing but success. Ready for this next chapter,” Fields said.

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.

Justin 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.

He will now backup Russell Wilson for the season, though if he impresses enough and Wilson struggles, it should be little surprise if Fields ends up starting games at some point in the season.