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

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Where will the Chicago Bears end up trading Justin Fields?

There are a lot of options around the league that could potentially use Justin Fields' talents both on and off the field. The Chicago Bears may still be one of such teams, but assuming that the team elects to draft a quarterback first overall, Poles and company will likely look to trade Fields to a team where he could start fairly quickly.

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Chicago Bears, Justin Fields / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Fields' time in Chicago is far from a failure, as Poles seemed to allude to in his Tuesday morning sit down. Poles touched on Fields' steady improvement and his capabilities as a leader, two traits that are imperative for any successful professional athlete, let alone an NFL starting quarterback. That said, there are a plethora of reasons, both on the quarterback and the team, as to why the marriage has not been more successful up until this point, but sometimes a change of scenery is best for both parties.

It might make sense for the Bears to try to trade Fields to an AFC team to avoid a potentially awkward reunion during the team's potential NFC playoff runs in years to come. Of the AFC teams mentioned above, the Raiders pose an interesting dilemma, as the team might not want to reunite Fields with former Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, who now serves the same position in Las Vegas.

With all this information, the most obvious potential trade destinations boil down to the Patriots, the Broncos, and the Steelers. Still, any team listed above could be calling Ryan Poles shortly, and perhaps even more that were not mentioned here, but the Bears will likely look to make a move on either front soon. If Fields is to be traded, the week following the NFL combine might be the most appropriate and respective time for the Bears to pull the trigger, allowing Fields to get acclimated to his potential new team well ahead of the NFL Draft.