If we are to assume anything about the Pittsburgh Steelers' offseason plans, one thing has to be apparent.
The quarterback position is going to see noticeable changes.
Most would agree that, as it stands, the Steelers are not going to ride into the 2024 season with Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph as the top two quarterbacks on this roster. It simply cannot, and will not happen. But, what does Pittsburgh do to add talent there?
ESPN's Adam Schefter recently made his appearance on The Pat McAfee Show and was asked about Pittsburgh's plans at quarterback. Schefter made it known that the team is going to pursue a veteran quarterback and listed a few options they'll look at.
Mike Tomlin's fondness of Justin Fields may bring him to Pittsburgh via trade.
Schefter lists Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson and, of course, Justin Fields in his trio of quarterbacks which Pittsburgh might pursue.
But, he spoke the most about Fields, stating that Tomlin is a big fan of the Bears quarterback.
Chicago, obviously, has the no. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. And, while Fields has been an exciting player still with plenty of ceiling that's untapped, most believe they are going to end up drafting USC quarterback Caleb Williams with that pick, rather than trade it.
Instead, Chicago would look at the market for Fields and try to get the best possible trade return in a deal for the former first-round pick.
Fields is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal and the Steelers would still have his fifth-year option available in 2025, so the chances that they'd have to pay him relatively soon aren't too high. Fields hasn't yet done enough to warrant a long-term extension, but the Steelers might be the ones lucky enough to see him do just that.
In just three years in the NFL, Fields has become the third-ever quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season and also holds some unique records like being the only quarterback since 1925 with three touchdown runs of 50 or more yards, among others.
While still needing some refinement as a passer, which hopefully good coaching can help, Fields has established himself as a game-breaking talent. In Pittsburgh, he might be in the best possible place to further his career under a strong coaching presence like Tomlin.
Will the Steelers make this move? We might be just days away from finding out, as the new league year begins March 13.