Pittsburgh Steelers Primed To Make Major Move With Justin Fields

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The Pittsburgh Steelers swung a trade to acquire quarterback Justin Fields from the Chicago Bears last month, but Fields probably won’t be starting at the onset of 2024.

Remember: the Steelers signed Russell Wilson before they traded for Fields, so Fields will almost surely begin next season as Wilson’s backup.

However, Pittsburgh only signed Wilson to a one-year deal, so it’s entirely possible that it views Fields as its quarterback of the future.

Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette thinks the Steelers could end up extending Fields.

“They won’t during the season,” Dulac wrote of a potential Fields extension. “They will re-visit with Wilson after the season. That is the intention of both parties. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did something sooner with Fields.”

Pittsburgh landed Fields for the small cost of a conditional sixth-round draft pick, so there was very minimal risk involved in acquiring him.

Fields, who played his collegiate football at Ohio State, was selected by the Bears with the 11th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

While he has shown some flashes of brilliance, the first three years of Fields’ career have largely been marred and defined by inconsistency.

This past season, Fields threw for 2,562 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 61.4 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 86.3 in 13 games (he missed four contests due to a dislocated thumb). He also rushed for 657 yards and four scores.

The Steelers’ best chance to win at the moment is probably with Wilson, who just had a solid bounceback year with the Denver Broncos after a miserable 2022.

However, if Wilson falters at all next season, you have to wonder if Pittsburgh may end up going to Justin Fields sooner rather than later.

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