3. Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders have a lot of work to do to get themselves back into contention. The only good things going for them seem to be their shiny new home that is hosting this year's Super Bowl and the fact that Josh McDaniels is not their head coach anymore.
Former linebacker Antonio Pierce took over in the interim and lit a fire under this team. They had a number of impressive wins late, including in Kansas City on Christmas Day, and he earned himself the chance to be the next head coach. Now, they need to find a way to move forward.
Whether they like it or not, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be around and be paid a lot of money for it. Brian Hoyer and Aidan O'Connell, last year's 4th-round draft pick, are also on the roster. But none of these names move the needle as the franchise quarterback.
The Raiders currently have the 13th pick in the upcoming draft. They would still be able to acquire a top player, but if there is an early run of quarterbacks selected, they stand no chance of improving that position.
The Raiders have the draft capital to throw a Hail Mary play to the Bears for the top spot and guarantee them a quarterback of the future. Along with their draft picks, defensive lineman Max Crosby could be an additional part of a trade package to entice the Bears to drop that low into the first round.
4. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons thought they found a steal in 2022 by drafting quarterback Desmond Ridder in the 3rd round. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. The offense is not clicking, and the Falcons now need to move forward.
A lot of speculation has them in the market for a veteran quarterback. With elite talent like Kyle Pitts and Bijan Robinson on the offense, they are a quarterback and a top receiver away from being a contender. They could sign someone like Kirk Cousins to take over and help lead.
But they could also talk to the Bears. Of course, trading for Justin Fields makes sense. Fields is from the Atlanta area and would fit perfectly into their offense. Or they could use their draft capital to move to the top of the draft and get the guy who's supposed to be the next star quarterback. Caleb Williams would also fit well in Atlanta and would be an obvious upgrade for the Falcons.
There is certainly no doubt the Bears and the Falcons will be having conversations in the coming weeks. Whether it is for Fields or the right to Williams, we will all have to find out together.