As we all know by now, the Chicago Bears are sitting in a spot they never have in franchise history. While they have quarterback Justin Fields under contract for at least one more season (barring an opt-in to his 5th year option), they also have the rights to the first overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft (thanks to the Carolina Panthers).
After general manager Ryan Poles decided to stick with head coach Matt Eberflus, they relieved offensive coordinator Luke Getsy of his duties. They hired former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron as his replacement. Now, as they fill out the staff, they'll begin to form a decision on the quarterback position.
The Bears will more than likely hold their cards close to their chest as to what they plan to do as close to draft night as possible as they field (no pun intended) interest for their surplus of assets. Will they keep Fields and trade the pick, trade Fields and keep the pick, or (least likely) keep Fields and the pick? We'll know by draft night, for sure. But probably not much sooner than that.
Let's say the Bears decide to move on from Fields and draft a quarterback 1st overall. The chances are high they can acquire a great return on a Fields trade with another team based on the glimpses of production we've seen, but mostly for his potential. Here is who we are keeping our eyes on as the best suitors for Fields in a trade.
Best: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers have made it known they are committed to Mike Tomlin as the head coach, as they should be. Tomlin, despite many hurdles, has never coached the Steelers to a losing season in his 17 seasons as head coach - a remarkable feat.
But the Steelers have so many questions on the offensive side of the ball. Not only are they searching for a new offensive coordinator after firing Matt Canada, but it is also much believed their confidence in the quarterback room is waning.
Fields has more overall talent than current starting quarterback Kenny Pickett. The Steelers also have a great lineup of weapons that includes wide receiver George Pickens and tight end Pat Freiermuth. Field's mobility is already tops in the league at quarterback. If he entered into an offense that would truly let him show off as a dual-threat quarterback, he could turn that offense right around.
Should the Steelers figure things out on offense, they can take more stress off one of the top defenses in the league. In one of the most competitive divisions in football, we could continue to see Tomlin rack up even more winning seasons - and maybe deeper playoff runs.