Former Chicago Bears QB's time with Steelers is telling for Justin Fields' future

The Pittsburgh Steelers preference for making Kenny Pickett comfortable may take them out of the sweepstakes for Chicago Bears' quarterback Justin Fields.

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By the time quarterback, Mitch Trubisky reached his final season with the Chicago Bears, it was clear that he would need to spend some time as a backup before having another opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Trubisky spent the 2021 season as the backup to quarterback Josh Allen with the Buffalo Bills before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of the 2022 season. Trubisky signed with the Steelers with the intention of being the team's starting quarterback.

Trubisky's time with the Steelers proved to be familiar territory for the former Bears' first-round pick. Shortly after signing with the Steelers, Pittsburgh elected to take quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Trubisky to Pickett proved to be what Mike Glennon was to the former Bears' starting quarterback in 2017.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shared a story that revealed that Trubiksy never had a chance with the Steelers. Trubisky, on draft night, was asked to send a congratulatory text to Pickett in an instance that was eerily similar to when Glennon was at the Bears' 2017 Draft Party when they selected the former North Carolina quarterback with the second overall selection.

Mitchell Trubisky's time with the Pittsburgh Steelers is a sign that a trade for Chicago Bears' quarterback Justin Fields is not likely

The reason why that story remains relevant for the Bears is because the Steelers still remain determined to make Pickett as comfortable as possible. Despite struggles during his first two seasons and seemingly being benched during the Steelers' playoff run in 2023, the organization still has faith in the former first-round pick.

That could be problematic for the Bears as they seem to be preparing for a trade of Justin Fields. While the Falcons are viewed as the favorites to land Fields, it's likely that the Bears were going to use a team such as the Steelers in order to maximize the value of their current starting quarterback. That may no longer be the choice if the Steelers aren't interested in an upgrade at the quarterback position.

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