Bears' 3 Biggest Priorities to Start the Offseason

The Chicago Bears must highlight these three things to start the offseason.
Aug 26, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles looks on before a
Aug 26, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles looks on before a / Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Make The Decision on the Quarterback Position

The Bears have some serious questions to answer surrounding the quarterback position. Do they keep Justin Fields or ship him out and select a new signal caller with the No. 1 overall pick? Fields was selected with the No. 11 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The 24-year-old has had an up-and-down start to his career in the Windy City. Fields seems to have trouble reading coverages and getting the ball out of his hand quickly. That forces him to hold onto the football and take unnecessary sacks and hits.

The former Ohio State standout does own a big-time arm with the athleticism to pick up easy yards with his legs. Over three seasons, Fields completed 60% of his throws for 6,674 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, and 30 interceptions. Additionally, he's gained 2,220 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Bears have yet to decide if they want to pick up Fields' fifth-year option, which would be in the range of $25 million.

The Bears also own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and would have their choice of Caleb Williams or Drake Maye, the top two QBs, according to most draft experts.

The assumption is that if Chicago moves off of Fields, they will select Williams. The USC product is a natural thrower of the football with superb velocity on his passes. Williams can make throws on all three levels of the field and has a knack for extending plays with his legs when needed.

It would make sense for Chicago to trade Fields, recoup another draft pick, and reset the clock on a rookie QB contract.

If Williams and Fields were in the same draft class, Williams would be the prospect with a higher ranking across draft boards.

This is the most important decision of the offseason for Chicago and all other moves will follow suit.

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