The Door is Now Open for Justin Fields to Back Up Caleb Williams

The Chicago Bears will have an opportunity to bring Justin Fields back next offseason.
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The Chicago Bears have their quarterback of the future in Caleb Williams. As they try to get back to winning ways, they will rely on the former USC star to lead them. Who will be his backup, however, remains an open question.

After three seasons with the team, Justin Fields was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason for a sixth-round pick. This gives the former first-round pick a chance to revive his career in Pittsburgh, but the Bears currently only have Tyson Bagent and Brett Rypien as their backups to Caleb Williams. Chicago would ideally want a more experienced signal-caller not only as a reliable backup to their rookie, but also as a mentor to help him transition to the NFL.

One option that could emerge for the 2025 season is Justin Fields. According to league sources that Adam Schefter has heard from, the Steelers aren't picking up the fifth-year option for Fields, making him a potential free agent next offseason.

Justin Fields Will Be a Free Agent Next Offseason

The Steelers also signed Russell Wilson this offseason. Things may change closer to the start of the season but it seems like Wilson will be the starter over Fields in Week 1. If Fields fails to break through and establish himself as a starter-caliber QB in Pittsburgh, he may have to look for a new destination in 2025 free agency.

That destination could be a return to Chicago. The Bears will likely not find a long-term solution at backup QB before this season. So, they would presumably welcome Fields back as someone who knows the organization.

There are no negative feelings between Fields and Bears fans. It simply didn't work out for a variety of reasons. That doesn't mean, however, that it couldn't work under different circumstances.

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