Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters the Steelers will compete for QB Kenny Pickett in the offseason. Who that will be is still up for debate, but ESPN insider Adam Schefter believes he may have his eye on one quarterback.
“Pittsburgh will go out and get some quarterback, whether it's Ryan Tannehill or Russell Wilson or Justin Fields,” Schefter said on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “Mike Tomlin is a huge Justin Fields fan. We will keep this in mind throughout the offseason and in the weeks to come.”
Fields is still under contract with the Bears through the 2024 season. However, Chicago will likely move on from him as they own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and will reportedly take “historical export“trade for it.
If the Bears decide to draft a quarterback with the first pick and move on from Fields, the Steelers should run to the phone.
The No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft threw for 4,656 yards and 33 touchdowns and then ran for 1,773 yards and 12 touchdowns. 2022–23. His 10-28 record as a starter is unimpressive, but would likely improve under Tomlin, who has never recorded a losing season.
There's also no word on how much it would take to acquire Fields, but if Pittsburgh were able to acquire him for a Day 2 pick, it would certainly be a win.
QB Kenny Pickett had just 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 25 games. Fields will give him the toughest competition of his career and could steal his job in Week 1.
Fields potentially joining the Steelers is based entirely on Chicago's plans. Either way, Schefter expects Pittsburgh's quarterback room to look different in 2024.
“This organization is going to have to make a decision on the quarterback they want to bring in. But they won't just leave it as Kenny Pickett,” Schefter added. “So now which of these quarterbacks are they making a move to?”