The case for a third of the NFL to trade for Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields

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Chicago Bears trade partners that could replace their starting quarterback

The next group of five teams represents opportunities for Fields to become the team's starter depending on what they do throughout free agency. The first such example would be the Denver Broncos, who seem reluctant to run it back with 2023 starter Russell Wilson, but lack premium draft capital to pursue this class's top prospects.

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Alongside the Broncos, the New York Giants, the Seattle Seahawks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Miami Dolphins are all teams that could potentially pursue Fields to cement their quarterback situation moving forward.

The Giants, who recently extended Daniel Jones to a lofty contract, could cut the former Duke product and acquire Fields at a much lower cap hit. The Dolphins have a decision to make soon on whether or not to extend Tua Tugavailoa, and adding Fields could allow Miami to forgo a pricy extension, allowing them to hold onto contracts such as Tyreek Hill's. The Buccaneers and Seahawks seem to have found successful quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Geno Smith, respectively, but could easily move on to a cheaper short-term option who may have a higher ceiling in their offense.

All of these teams could look to trade for Fields at the right price, and while some of these hypothetical destinations could be a stretch, it is important to remember how surprising and intertwined the quarterback carousel is every year. It is unlikely that all five of these teams will roll back their starters from a season ago, even though four of them were in or narrowly missed last season's playoffs. Again, sending Fields to one of these spots in order to take the reigns of the offense would be considered "doing right" by the young quarterback.