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Adam Schefter Knows Mike Tomlin ‘Loves’ Justin Fields

Adam Schefter believes that the Steelers could be players for Justin Fields and that Mike Tomlin loves him as a player.



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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) plays against the Atlanta Falcons during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Over the brief time this offseason so far, Bears quarterback Justin Fields has been one of the more connected names to the Pittsburgh Steelers, given their quarterback uncertainty. And on Monday, only more fuel was added to that fire when Adam Schefter speculated that Fields could be a target for the Steelers on the Pat McAfee Show. Schefter believes that Mike Tomlin loves Fields, and that could spurn a move.

“We know Pittsburgh is going to go out and get some type of quarterback. Whether that’s Ryan Tannehill. Whether that’s Russell Wilson. Whether that’s Justin Fields,” Schefter said. “Justin Fields, I know Mike Tomlin’s a big fan of Justin Fields. We’ll keep that in mind during the offseason and the coming weeks.”

Last week, Schefter said that the Bears would get a second-round pick for Fields but that he would not be surprised if that was even pushed up to 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.”

Steelers team president Art Rooney II told Andrew Stockey of WTAE that they were unlikely to make a blockbuster. trade. This came a day after Rooney said he would not close the door on a trade for a quarterback, but he clarified those comments on Wednesday.

“The question I was asked was would I consider anything like that, and I know, as we sit here today, we don’t want to close the door on anything, but I’d probably put it in the unlikely category,” Rooney said. “Look, we like to look at any opportunity we think can make us better, so that’s why I don’t close the door on anything. But I don’t want to create a lot of speculation out there that we’re going out to make some blockbuster trade at the QB spot. I don’t. I’d put it in the unlikely category.”

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.

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.”

Regardless, it seems the team will not make some blockbuster trade as it stands here right now, which bodes well for Pickett. They will try to bring Mason Rudolph back, but if not, they might have to look elsewhere.

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Jesus Christani
Jesus Christani
February 12, 2024 3:38 pm

Mike Tomlin loved/loves Mitch Trubisky, too… So what! I have changed my Competition Take just a bit… Contrary to what has been coming out of the mouths of Coach Mike Tomlin and the men in the front office, Kenny Pickett does NOT need another QB present for, “Competition,” purposes… Having Ryan Tannehill (QB2) as a mentor, guide & tutor (with the new playbook) would be a tremendous help, though… Those men — Coach Tomlin, Mr. Khan & Mr. Rooney — have established that Kenny is already QB1 for the start of the 2024 camp going forward (the no. 1 reason… Read more »

Allen Fant
Allen Fant
February 12, 2024 7:35 pm

That would be a “recipe for disaster“. A mediocre old QB trying to school a 2 year flop who is afraid to throw the long ball and is ineffective in the Red Zone. We would be foolish to experiment another year with Pickett. Bring in Justin Fields and draft a top tier Offensive Tackle and Top tier Offensive Guard who are both “pro ready“. Offer Deontae Johnson and one of our 4th Round picks from this Draft or possibly our 3rd round pick. We could also pursue WR Tyler Boyd as a Free Agent to replace Deontae. Deontae should rate… Read more »

February 12, 2024 9:44 pm
Reply to  Allen Fant

How do you draft a top tier tackle when it’s likely you’ve given your first pick for Fields? It will take a 1 to get him is my guess.
We’re in a tough spot.

February 13, 2024 1:38 am

KP QB1 now cause he’s the only one in the roster. He’s terrible

February 12, 2024 4:20 pm

The problem is Fields is a turnover machine! and he will need to get paid after just one year.