Justin Fields trade rumors: Bears GM Ryan Poles all but signals trade on horizon with answer about QB’s future

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Justin Fields may have won over the Chicago Bears’ locker room in his polarizing three seasons under center. Yet the former first-round quarterback now appears closer than ever to being traded, with general manager Ryan Poles all but signaling a move while addressing reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine Tuesday.

“It just depends on what opportunities pop up,” Poles said when asked if he’d prefer to trade Fields early in free agency, presuming the Bears are planning to reset at quarterback atop the 2024 NFL Draft. “I will say this: If we go down that road, I wanna do right by Justin as well. No one wants to live in gray. I know that’s uncomfortable. I wouldn’t wanna be in that situation either. So we’ll gather the information. We’ll move as quickly as possible. We’re not gonna be in a rush. And (we’ll) see what presents itself and what’s best for the organization.”

That, of course, is not an admission a decision has been made. It is, however, a clear admission that not only is a Fields trade possible, but Poles already has designs of “doing right” by Fields in prospective trade talks. Put simply, the Bears aren’t hiding from the fact they could — and likely will — use the No. 1 pick on Fields’ successor, repeatedly acknowledging the “uncomfortable” nature of the situation for their current quarterback. If Fields were otherwise locked in as their quarterback of the future, there’d be no need for such talk.


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