QB Justin stops pursuing Bears: 'Let me know if I get traded' [or] … stay'

Will he stay or go.

That's exactly what Justin Fields wants to know from the Chicago Bears as soon as possible.

The quarterback recently went undrafted with the team that took him 11th overall in 2021. “St. Brown Brothers” Podcast He will make his first public comments this week since the end of the 2023 season.

When Fields was asked about why he gave up on the Bears on Instagram, he initially responded with a joke.

“Why do people take social media so seriously?” Fields told the brothers. “I'm trying to take a little break. I've stopped following the Bears and the NFL. I'm not trying to keep football on my schedule. … I'm going on vacation and I don't want to watch football.

Sunday, Jan.  Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, 07, 2024, in Green Bay.  (AP Photo/Melissa Thames)

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields recently unfollowed the Bears on social media. (AP Photo/Melissa Thames)

Thanks to its trade with the Carolina Panthers last offseason, Chicago has the top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Although the 24-year-old is starting to play well after returning from a sprained thumb, many pundits expect him to move on from Chicago Fields.

Bears didn't use the top pick in last year's draft, but with a second chance to pick first, not exploring the quarterback position isn't an option for Chicago. USC's Caleb Williams and North Carolina's Drake Maye lead the house in this year's QB prospect crop.

Not only that, the team retained head coach Matt Eberfluss, but reshuffled its offensive coaching staff. If nothing else, the front office gives Eberflus another year to prove the offense's struggles aren't a result of his coaching, but of having the wrong structure around him.

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So there's been a whirlwind of conversations about what to do with Fields — stand by him or deal him elsewhere. If the Bears go with the trade option, which team would make the most sense and what would Chicago offer in return?

Eventually, as the conversation continued with the St. Brown brothers, Fields admitted he was tired of not knowing what his future held. The Bears hold all the cards, Fields is stuck in the middle, and there's nothing he can do to change that until Chicago makes a decision.

So he used the platform he was on to let the Bears know he was happy in Chicago, but if they didn't like him, he would appreciate him saying so.

“If it was up to me, I'd rather stay in Chicago. I love the city. The city is burning. The fans are great,” he said. “… The biggest thing is I want to finish it. Let me know if I trade [or] Let me know if I stay.

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