Fields tired of trade talk: 'Just want it to be over' (2024)

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    Courtney Cronin, ESPN Staff WriterFeb 21, 2024, 02:56 PM ET


      Courtney Cronin joined ESPN in 2017, originally covering the Minnesota Vikings before switching to the Chicago Bears in 2022. Courtney is a frequent panelist on Around the Horn and host of Best Week Ever on ESPN Radio. She also co-hosts The Chicago Bears Podcast on ESPN 1000. She previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News as a multimedia sports journalist.

CHICAGO -- Quarterback Justin Fields said his decision to unfollow the Chicago Bears on Instagram is nothing more than him needing a break from social media this offseason.

Appearing on the "St. Brown Brothers" podcast, Fields cleared the air about not following the Bears and the NFL's account after it was discovered Monday that the quarterback no longer followed his team on Instagram.

"Why do people take social media so serious?" Fields said. "I still mess with the Bears, this and that. I'm just trying to take a little break. I unfollowed the Bears and the NFL. I'm not just trying to have football on my timeline.

"It's something that I don't want to see on my timeline. I'm about to go on vacation. I don't want to see no football. And guess what? [The social media discourse is] either keep Fields, we want Fields. It's either draft Caleb [Williams]. I'm tired of hearing the talk. I just want it to be over."

The Bears own the No. 1 pick in April's draft and face a monumental decision at quarterback. Fields, 24, just completed his third season in Chicago and has been the subject of intense debate for months as to whether the Bears should stick with the quarterback and build around him or use the draft's top pick on a rookie quarterback, with USC's Williams, the consensus top prospect, at the center of the discussion.

"It's a unique spot in the draft to have the first overall pick, the ninth overall pick," new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron said. "Just from an organization in general, you know, it's not going to happen too often."

Bears general manager Ryan Poles has acknowledged that the franchise is considering all options at quarterback in 2024.

"I did think Justin got better," Poles said in January. "I think he can lead this team. But at the same time, there's a unique situation where I have to look, and our staff has to look, at everything, and that's exactly what we're going to do."

When asked by Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown whether he wants to stay in Chicago, Fields repeated his desire to play for the Bears.

"Yeah, of course. Of course I want to stay," Fields said. "I can't see myself playing in another place. But if it was up to me, I would want to stay in Chicago. I love the city. The city's lit. The fans there are great, and the people. It's a business. I ain't got no control over it; whatever happens, happens. I think the biggest thing with all this going on right now, I just want it to be over. Like, just let me know if I'm getting traded, let me know if I'm staying, this and that."

Waldron said his offensive scheme would either fit Fields or a rookie quarterback.

"I felt different quarterbacks have been able to step foot into the system, be able to learn it quickly," he said. "That starts with us being able to teach it in a good and efficient manner where they understand it and then being able to go ... because each guy's gonna have a different skill-set. So what direction does it go? The players really take ownership and control of that."

Fields, who is from Georgia, was also asked about his thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons, a team that also has a quarterback decision to make this offseason and has been linked to the Bears quarterback as a possible trade destination.

"Atlanta would be tough," Fields said. "The only con of going back home is just people hit my phone [up] crazy wanting tickets to the game. But I think they've got a lot of playmakers on the team: of course Bijan [Robinson]; they've got my boy Kyle [Pitts]; and then, of course, Drake [London], too. They probably need one more receiver, but they've definitely got some guys over there, and their defense was good this year, too."

Fields tired of trade talk: 'Just want it to be over' (2024)


Why did the Bears trade away Justin Fields? ›

All in all, the focus behind trading Fields was on Fields himself. The Bears could've waited past the draft and even into training camp to see if any openings appeared for the fourth-year signal caller. That likely would've increased Fields' value, giving the Bears a chance to receive a better return.

What are the Bears doing with Fields? ›

The Bears traded Fields to Pittsburgh in exchange for a conditional 2025 sixth-round pick, a far cry from what most expected Chicago to recoup in trading its former first-round pick.

What did the Steelers trade for Justin Fields? ›

PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers are not expected to pick up quarterback Justin Fields' $25 million fifth-year option, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday. A first-round draft pick in 2021, Fields was traded to the Steelers by the Chicago Bears last month for a conditional sixth-round pick.

Who will be the Bears QB in 2024? ›

1 pick. The Bears on Thursday, as expected, selected USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the No. 1 choice in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Why didn t Justin Fields start for the Bears? ›

The Chicago Bears had some good times with Justin Fields. Unfortunately he didn't develop well enough as a passer, and general manager Ryan Poles decided to move on with rookie quarterback Caleb Williams.

Did Justin Fields get traded today? ›

The Chicago Bears traded Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night, clearing the way for them to draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick — perhaps USC's Caleb Williams. The Bears received a 2025 sixth-round draft pick that could potentially become a fourth-rounder in return.

What team does Justin Field play for in 2024? ›

2024 season

On March 16, 2024, Fields was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2025 NFL draft and a potential fourth round pick if he plays 51% of the team's snaps.

What teams tried to get Justin Fields? ›

"The Steelers were one of four teams on Fields' radar prior to the start of free agency, along with the Vikings, Raiders and Falcons, a source familiar with Fields' thinking said," ESPN's Brooke Pryor wrote on Friday.

Does Justin Fields have a no trade clause? ›

Fields didn't have a no-trade clause, so the Bears still could've traded him to any team that gave the best offer, but his market was dry. His contract contributed to that. Fields is making $3.2 million this season but has a fifth-year option for 2025 at $25.7 million.

Did Pittsburgh get rid of Justin Fields? ›

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not pick up quarterback Justin Fields' fifth-year option, which is priced at $25 million. This means Fields will be entering the final year of his contract, but he could still remain in Pittsburgh past this season if the team extends his contract.

Why did Justin Fields transfer to Ohio State? ›

Still, Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reported that Fields sought a hardship waiver from the NCAA on the grounds he didn't feel comfortable playing for Georgia's baseball team. He was considered an MLB prospect in high school and a potential collegiate baseball player. Fields was granted the hardship waiver on Feb.

Who is the new QB for the Bears? ›

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Bears have named No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams their starting quarterback entering 2024. Coach Matt Eberflus took care of the obvious Friday, delivering a no-nonsense response when asked who his starter is at this point in the offseason.

Will the Bears get a new stadium? ›

During a press conference at Soldier Field, Kevin Warren and the Bears unveiled their plans for a new stadium along Chicago's lakefront on Wednesday. Warren, while answering a question about when they plan to file a legislative bill, said he hopes the hypothetical stadium is ready to play in 2028.

Who is the number one quarterback recruit in 2024? ›

2024 ESPN Top Quarterbacks: Pocket Passer
1Dylan Raiola Video | Scouts Report6'3''
2C.J. Carr Video | Scouts Report6'3''
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Why didn't the Giants trade for Justin Fields? ›

Why Wouldn't the Giants Add him to the Mix? There's a strong argument to make that Fields would've competed with Daniel Jones for the starting quarterback job, and maybe that's not what the Giants wanted when they decided to go in the direction of Lock, who's actually more expensive for the 2024 season.

How much did the Bears pay Justin Fields? ›

Justin Fields contract

Fields signed a four-year rookie contract worth close to $19 million in 2021 when the Bears selected him out of Ohio State.

Why did Sam Howell get traded? ›

Howell started 18 games for Washington the past two years, including all 17 last season when the Commanders went 4-13. Washington is widely expected to use its first draft pick — the second overall — on a QB, which led to the decision to trade Howell (the Commanders also signed veteran free agent Marcus Mariota).

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