Sources informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that the Chicago Bears would require an exceptional trade package to consider moving down from the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Rapoport suggests that the Bears are leaning towards retaining their top pick to select a potential franchise quarterback.
Among the notable quarterbacks in contention are Caleb Williams from USC, Drake Maye from North Carolina, and Jayden Daniels from LSU.
If the Bears opt for a quarterback in the draft, Rapoport indicates that they are likely to trade Justin Fields to the team offering the most favorable compensation. However, there’s recognition within the organization of Fields’ talent, with his impressive performance in 2023 leaving an impact.
Fields, selected 11th overall in 2021, has accrued a 10-28 record in 38 starts with Chicago, amassing 8,894 yards, 54 touchdowns, and 41 turnovers. His strong finish to the 2023 season saw him accumulate 2,584 yards and 16 touchdowns in his last 10 games.
Bears General Manager Ryan Poles expressed a thorough evaluation process regarding the quarterback situation in January, emphasizing Fields’ potential while acknowledging the unique circumstances.
Notably, star wide receiver D.J. Moore voiced support for building around Fields. Additionally, Chicago holds the No. 9 pick in the draft and possesses $46.8 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap.