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Report: Steelers One of Three Teams Interested in Justin Fields

The Pittsburgh Steelers could be looking to make a splash and land Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields.



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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) lines up for a play during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin)

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Justin Fields have been discussed at length in recent weeks as the trade rumors around the Bears quarterback continue to heat up. But are they interested? According to a report by Tyler Dragon of USA Today, the Steelers, along with the Falcons and Raiders, are one of three teams interested.

“A person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports that the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and Las Vegas Raiders have expressed some level of interest in Fields,” Dragon wrote.

Asked specifically about potentially trading for Fields, Steelers general manager Khan said that he would not get into specifics about the conversations he’s had around the league. Khan had the same answer when asked if the Steelers have an interest in Cousins or Wilson. Khan is not permitted to discuss players currently under contract to other teams, at any rate.

“I’m not gonna go into details about the conversations that we’ve had,” he said. “But like I mentioned earlier, I can tell you that I have an obligation to look at every avenue that’s out there to make us a better football team.”

Dayd ago, Bears general manager Ryan Poles stated that they have no set plan yet, but the NFL Combine is the final touches on their plan. If they decide to move Fields is where the wrinkles come into play. Poles said that because they want to do right by Fields, they want to get him into a spot that would allow him the best chance to grow. That means the trade would come before free agency.

“It just depends on what opportunities pop up,” Poles said about Fields. “I will say this: If we go down that road, I wanna do right by Justin as well. No one wants to live in gray. I know that’s uncomfortable. I wouldn’t wanna be in that situation either. So we’ll gather the information. We’ll move as quickly as possible. We’re not gonna be in a rush. And (we’ll) see what presents itself and what’s best for the organization.”

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 Bears — or another team, if he’s traded — 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 Bears or another club could also attempt to negotiate a traditional contract extension.

But the Steelers are a team that seems connected to Fields, if for nothing else, due to pre-draft notions of interest. That does not mean they will land him, but it can not be entirely ruled out. And Fields seems loved in that Bears locker room. Poles even noted that the locker room support for Fields is something that will make moving on from Fields hard.