The Chicago Bears advanced nine places in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft to pick Justin Fields 11th overall, sending the 20th and 164th overall picks, as well as the first and fourth round picks in 2022, to the New York Giants.
Although he hasn’t had a breakout season by any means, Fields has shown poise, toughness, drive and some amazing physical traits that will serve him well in an attack tailored to his strengths. Many felt that the young caller didn’t have it during his campaign for start-up offense coach Matt Nagy.
Fields completed 58.9% of his passes for 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. He also showed a great deal of promising plays with his legs, adding 420 yards and two legs to the floor in 12 games (10 starts).
With new coach Matt Eberflus alongside new general manager Ryan Poles, we hope they can both surround Fields with the right talent and staff to provide him with the best chance of success. Although Fields is the logical focal point for the team moving forward, one analyst believes Chicago should replace the young QB and best defensive player with a veteran quarterback who is arguably out of his prime.
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Bleacher Report suggests trading Justin Fields and Roquan Smith for Russell Wilson
In the January 27 column of the Bleacher Report, Alex Kay named five deals that would “reshape the league” and included a commercial proposal that would send Fields, linebacker Roquan Smith and additional draft picks to Seattle in exchange for quarterback Russell Wilson.
Here is the trade suggested by Kay:
Bears receive: QB Russell Wilson
Seahawks receive: LB Roquan Smith, QB Justin Fields, 2022 CHI second round (#39 overall), 2023 CHI first round, 2023 CHI second round pick
This isn’t a typo – Kai really suggested that bears shouldn’t ship one but two A better building block than the 33-year-old QB had one of the worst statistical seasons of his 10-year career.
Wilson has had an exceptional career, but his 2021 campaign wasn’t the best. He recorded a career low in QBR (55.0) and yardage dash (183) and bowled 3113 in 14 games, the lowest total since his rookie campaign in 2012.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Jan. 16 that Wilson will want to explore his options in the commercial market this season. Considering that in the spring of 2021, Wilson Mark Rodgers’ agent listed As one of four teams the veteran QB would be willing to waive their no-trade clause, it was inevitable that there would be speculation at some point – but the mere presence of Fields changes that.
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There is no way that bears can do this trade
Kay seems to think there’s a chance the Bears will want to move from Fields and his $18,871,957 four-year start-up deal to paying Wilson’s base salaries of $19 million in 2022 and $22 million in 2023 — while he trades Also Smith and Venture Capital Futures are further away in the process.
Kay thinks Wilson would be attractive to bears because he “can instantly turn them into a competitor.”
“Chicago has $34.3 million in cover room projected this off season, so it wouldn’t take much effort to squeeze Wilson’s $37 million success,” Kay wrote. “New Bears GM Ryan Poles will likely need a massive bid to get a deal done, but it will bring real hope to Windy City for the first time in years. Meanwhile, the Seahawks will have the tires at the Fields and linebacker for the foreseeable future at Roquan Smith. These Players, along with a handful of recruiting choices, will begin rebuilding in the Pacific Northwest.”
Here’s the thing: Fields already brought hope back to Chicago on Draft Day in 2021. And Smith is one of the best young players in the league. This proposed trade would be great for the Seahawks – but disastrous for the bears. There is almost no way for the Poles to replace two of his team’s best players on either side of the ball for an aging midfielder under an exaggerated contract.
It would be much better to offer bears to extend and push Smith while surrounding fields with more weapons and a better offensive line.
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