Justin Fields blocked trades before landing with the Steelers

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Former Bears quarterback Justin Fields was the only one who wanted to make Pittsburgh his next NFL home.

Before the Bears traded Fields to the Steelers on Saturday, four NFL teams inquired about the 25-year-old quarterback, whose camp “told him not to trade him there” because he “wanted the Steelers,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports sunday.

The four lovers were not specified.

Justin Fields was traded from the Bears to the Steelers in March 2024. getty images

Fields’ transfer from Chicago comes a day after the Steelers traded third-year quarterback Kenny Pickett to the Eagles — where he will now back up starter Jalen Hurts — in the wake of Pittsburgh agreeing to a one-year deal with Russell Wilson.

Wilson, who just spent two disappointing seasons in Denver, welcomed Fields on Saturday, posting on x: “Let’s get it @justnfields! there’s going to be a cubby room [fire emoji],

Fields, the Bears’ 10th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has been at the center of trade speculation for months as Chicago holds the top pick in this year’s draft and is expected to select USC quarterback Caleb Williams.

According to a report, at least four other teams expressed interest in the former first-round selection, but he chose not to land there. getty images

The Bears showed their hand by trading Fields on Saturday.

“Can’t say thank you enough to the city of Chicago for taking me in and embracing me,” Fields wrote In a farewell message on Saturday. “Thank you to the entire Bears organization and ownership for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a historic franchise. But most of all thanks to all my brothers with whom I played. You all were the reason I attacked the way I did every day. I can’t thank you all enough for everything you have done for me during the ups and downs of the last 3 years. I wish nothing but success for each of you. Ready for this next chapter!”

The Steelers traded a conditional 2025 sixth-round pick for Fields, who could become a fourth-rounder in 2024 if the quarterback plays in 51 percent of the snaps. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter,

Russell Wilson, who spent the last two seasons in Denver, agreed to a one-year deal with the Steelers through March 2024. AP

Arriving in Pittsburgh, Fields was told by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin that the 35-year-old Wilson would start, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reports Saturday.

The first week of NFL free agency has been an exciting game of quarterback musical chairs.

In addition to Fields and Wilson going to Pittsburgh, the Vikings saw their former quarterback, Kirk Cousins, land a four-year, $180 million contract with the Falcons.

Joe Flacco, after a playoff run with the Browns, joined the Colts on a one-year deal worth up to $8.7 million.

The Commanders and Patriots, who traded young veterans Sam Howell and Mac Jones to the Seahawks and Jaguars, respectively, are projected to select quarterbacks with picks two and three in the 2024 NFL Draft at No. 1, respectively.




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