Justin Fields thanks Bears for trading him to Steelers

Justin Fields wanted to join the Steelers. Thanks to the Bears, he got what he wanted.

Fields on Tuesday expressed his appreciation for his former team and general manager.

“shout out to [Ryan] Poles, we contacted him through my agent, and I told him where I want to be and this is where I want to be, so I am honored and appreciative of him for that and I am happy that he was able to do that. He put me where I wanted to be Fields said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com.

Some might say the Bears should have done what was right for them, not what was right for the player. But it was right for the Bears to make the right move by the player, even if they only get a 2025 sixth-round pick who could become a fourth-rounder.

Three years ago, Fields was what Caleb Williams had become. A player who was a potential starting quarterback in Chicago. The Bears attached a 2022 first-round pick to the 20th overall pick in 2021 in order to move up eight spots to acquire Fields.

So it didn’t work out. If they had played games with Fields, Williams would have noticed. And maybe he decided he didn’t want to be the next guy the Bears didn’t do his job right.

It was a win-win. Fields was sent wherever he wanted to go. And the Bears were able to play up Williams’ desire to be drafted by Chicago due to their willingness to nurture the man Williams will likely be in three years — a player who needs a fresh start and wants to choose his next destination.

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