Winners and losers from the Chicago Bears trade of Justin Fields

The winners and losers of the trade that sent Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Chicago Bears fans nightmare is finally over.

Justin Fields was traded on Saturday, a trade which began to pick up steam on Friday evening by some of the Pittsburgh sports insiders and became official on Saturday afternoon

The trade mercifully ended one of the most divisive offseasons in the history of the Bears. Fans turned on each other, exposing an uglier side of social media.

Chicago Bears Winners and Losers from Justin Fields' trade.

Winner: Justin Fields

Justin Fields brought so much excitement and energy to the Bears at a time when this team was awful. Who can forget his awful professional debut in Cleveland against the Browns, where he was sacked nine times? That game spelled the beginning of the end of both general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy, who desperately tried to save their job by acquiring him in a trade-up during the 2021 NFL Draft.

With new general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus taking over, the Bears had a franchise-worst 3-14 record. Despite the Bears' clear intention to tank during Fields' second season, his athletic ability was on display with exhilarating runs that kept the Bears in the game while electrifying the fans, who had nothing to cheer for the entire season as losses kept mounting.

Then, this past season, he finally had a legitimate receiver in D.J. Moore, and yet, he was hampered by inconsistent play calling by embattled offensive coordinator Luke Getsy throughout the season.

Fields was not without fault himself like holding onto the ball too long at times, taking unnecessary sacks, and never consistently throwing the ball over the middle. Still, we saw flashes of greatness from Fields to believe he can elevate this franchise and the fanbase in 2023. He gave us so much hope. And now, the Bears are moving on from him. It is just sad it never all came together this season.

I know some would say Fields was a loser in a way the Bears developed him. But his being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers was the best thing for his future. Indeed Poles did right by him with this trade. The Steelers organization has been much more successful and stable compared to the Bears. Their recent addition of Russell Wilson means Fields will have to be a backup initially. But it is not like Wilson is someone who has a solid footing on the starting job given his struggles in Denver and his age. Fields can resurrect his career with the Steelers.

Fields always showed maturity beyond his years and showed tremendous leadership both off and on the field, which made him so likeable and fans wanting him to succeed so badly. The way he carried himself despite a less-than-ideal situation makes us believe he can be successful in life outside of football whenever his playing career is over. And even made us learn a thing or two from him.

He will have legion of Bears fans, who wants to see him succeed wherever he goes.