Justin Fields’ future as a Chicago Bear may be in jeopardy if his underwhelming performance persists.
The Chicago Bears’ dismal 0-3 start to the 2023 season has ignited speculation about the possibility of the team exploring trade options for quarterback Justin Fields.
The 24-year-old Fields has struggled, completing only 58 percent of his pass attempts for 526 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions. Fields, known for his rushing abilities with 1,143 yards last year, has managed just 109 yards on the ground this season.
Numerous football enthusiasts, analysts, and writers are now pondering whether the Bears will consider trading Fields during this season. The team’s potential to secure a top-three pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, which is rich in elite quarterback prospects, further fuels the speculation.
Arthur Smith’s Atlanta Falcons have emerged as potential suitors for Fields. NFL.com’s David Carr has even advocated for the 2-1 Falcons to pursue a trade for the former Ohio State Buckeyes’ standout, given the inconsistent play of their current starter, Desmond Ridder.
“I will say I don’t really see a world where Falcons backup Taylor Heinicke is a better option, simply because he isn’t built for the system. A lot of what Atlanta does offensively involves the quarterback being part of the run game, and that’s not Heinicke’s strength — though he proved he can provide a spark to an offense during his time in Washington. But, you know who would be great in Atlanta …
Sure, Fields has struggled with the Bears this fall. I’m not saying Ridder can’t play well in Atlanta, or that Chicago would trade Fields, but I believe Fields is perfectly suited to unlock the explosive element the Falcons’ offense is missing right now. After seeing the tumult in Chicago early this season, I’m seriously considering picking up the phone if I’m Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot.”
Fields is being monitored by the Falcons according to reports:
Fields undeniably possesses the talent required to excel as a top-tier quarterback in the league. However, the Chicago Bears have not been providing him with the ideal circumstances for success.
There is certainly compelling evidence to suggest that a dual-threat quarterback of his caliber could truly thrive under the guidance of a proficient, offensive-minded head coach like Smith.