Thursday, April 18, 2024

Ian Rapoport Hints Justin Fields Market Will Include Unexpected Teams


Based on the information available to this point, it feels like the Chicago Bears will trade quarterback Justin Fields at some point within the next month. GM Ryan Poles wishes to restart the clock at the position with somebody of his choosing. Most believe that will be Caleb Williams with the #1 pick. That remains to be seen. The bigger topic of discussion at the moment is what the Bears might be able to get for Fields. Current estimates suggest they’re looking at a 2nd round pick. However, a 1st isn’t out of the question. It depends on how strong the market is.

Here is where it gets interesting. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is one of the insiders who suggested a 1st round pick is possible for Chicago. Part of the reason is that there might be more teams interested in Fields than some realize. Current projections have the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers being the heavy favorites. However, Rapoport believes circumstances could bring other notable teams into the mix. He provided two such examples during a conversation on Waddle & Silvy for ESPN 1000.

Justin Fields isn’t only being eyed by teams with current vacancies.

There is a real chance other teams may see spots come open by the start of the off-season. Tampa Bay and Minnesota are perfect examples. Kirk Cousins and Baker Mayfield are set to become free agents. While many presume those respective teams will try to keep those quarterbacks, it is far from certain. If one of those QBs ends up going elsewhere, it instantly creates another QB void that must be filled. Neither team is in a great position to draft a quarterback, too. Minnesota picks 11th and Tampa Bay is 26th.

This is why the Bears appear to be in such a great position. We already know the teams with obvious quarterback problems. What we don’t yet know is the team that may soon have one. Such developments will make Justin Fields look all the more intriguing. All it would take is three or four teams to get into a bidding war for Poles to secure a lucrative package in a trade. Hence why Rapoport and others can envision a 1st round pick ending up on the table.

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Feb 17, 2024 2:21 pm

Fields has plenty of suitors. But the McCaskeys will NOT pay him in two years. You can chisel that on stone. I’m amazed at how many Bears fans forget who the owners are. Williams may not get an extension when his time comes around, even if he wins a Superbowl with the Bears.

Wes P
Wes P
Feb 17, 2024 10:48 am

If so many other teams are showing interest in Justin Fields, it makes you wonder if the Bears should keep him. Now that they have a new proven OC could he complete the job of developing the Fields into a true franchise QB?

Feb 17, 2024 9:25 am

If the market for J Fields is that strong, R Poles may want to re-consider and ask himself why so many other teams feel like J Fields is that good!

Slip Knotz
Slip Knotz
Feb 16, 2024 11:22 pm

I enjoyed your recollection of the rumors! They don’t call it lying season for nothing. That is why all these articles about chatter don’t affect the way I see things.

You are going to be baffled by BS in lying season. It just goes with the territory.

Teams create a draft board and just look at the facts they find. They must stay true to the board and shut out the noise. Parcells said the NFL is a talent acquisition business. You can’t worry too much about blogs and rumors when you have a job to do.

Feb 16, 2024 10:57 pm

Any team with great coaching, decent receivers decent O-line and a good defense would jump at fleecing the Bears for Fields. They’ve all seen what he can do, and hasn’t done. Inconsistency with an inconsistent offense means nothing. If a team is confident in their coaching, they’ll know if they can fix any issues, or if they don’t think so, they won’t touch him. In trades, they won’t be able to interview him. In draft, they don’t have any idea of how players will take to the different dynamics of the pros. Caution: it was rumored that CJ Stroud had… Read more »

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