The 2024 offseason is going to be one of the most important offseasons in Chicago Bears history. After another disappointing season, general manager Ryan Poles decided to keep head coach Matt Eberflus for another season but opted to change both of his coordinators, bringing in Shane Waldron as OC, and Eric Washington as DC.
However, the franchise-defining decision for the Bears will come at the draft. What they choose to do with their No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft will have consequences for the next decade of the organization.
The Bears currently have quarterback Justin Fields under contract for at least another season. Whether they will move on from him and draft a quarterback with their No. 1 pick remains the most important question Chicago has to answer ahead of the draft day in April.
The latest reporting from inside the organization suggests that the Bears may be leaning towards bringing in a new decision-maker in the pocket.
Bears Rumors: Chicago Almost Certainly Drafting a Quarterback
On 670 The Score, Bears beat reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Brad Biggs gave the latest update on the Justin Fields vs. new rookie quarterback saga. Claiming that the "Fields thing has run its course", Biggs believes it is a certainty that Fields will not be the starting quarterback in Chicago in 2024.
That is not surprising. In his three seasons in Chicago, Fields failed to prove himself to be a franchise quarterback. In 38 career starts with the Bears, Fields has a 10-28 record.
There have been conflicting reports about what Fields' trade value would be around the league. Some have hinted at the possibility of the Bears getting a first-round pick in return for Fields, while most Bears fans expect a more meager return.
There is a chance the Bears would want to keep Fields as a backup to their new QB. However, if Fields does in fact have significant value in the trade market, it behooves Chicago to part ways with the former Ohio State standout.