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Steelers Pressed to Trade for Justin Fields to Fix QB Questions



Pittsburgh Steelers Bears QB Justin Fields
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)

The Pittsburgh Steelers boast a talented roster with quarterback questions. And while it seems that Mike Tomlin and the team will give Kenny Pickett another year after a disappointing sophomore campaign, there are calls for them to move on and find someone from national pundits.

Keyshawn Johnson believes the Steelers need to look to trade for Bears quarterback Justin Fields, who has been rocky for his entire career. But he believes Fields can elevate the team.

“In terms of quarterback fixing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mike Tomlin, here’s a guy that they should go get. If the Chicago Bears are stupid enough to get rid of Justin Fields — go get Justin Fields, man,” Johnson argued on Undispurted. “Go get Justin Fields and turn Justin Fields into what you should have gotten out of Kenny Pickett. Send him to Pittsburgh and Mike Tomlin and company. Back the truck up and go get that young man, and let’s see what Pittsburgh is in the 2024 year.”

Fields took a small step forward in 2023, his third year as Chicago’s staring 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 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 could also attempt to negotiate a traditional contract extension.

That’s led to many to suggest that they could choose to move on from Fields, and go with Caleb Williams or Drake Maye, re-setting their rebuild under a new quarterback with a new, five-year deal.

The Bears have reportedly been fielding enough calls about Fields for most general managers to have an idea of what they’re looking for. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Bears’ most likely return is a second- or third-round pick if they move on from Fields before the draft.