The Chicago Bears weren’t going to enter the 2021 NFL season with Andy Dalton as their best quarterback.
Chicago rose in the NFL Draft to lead Justin Fields at No. 11 overall. They handed out five picks to the New York Giants for promotion. They wanted to get a new quarterback, and Fields was their man.
This is a decisive pick for Bears coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace.
The Bears were notoriously wrong to trade in the 2017 draft to take Mitch Trubisky. They chose him over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
This time, the Bears weren’t going to pass up a potentially dynamic double-threat quarterback.
Fields, who spent three seasons in college (the last two with Ohio State), was the fourth quarterback selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. He trailed Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Trey Lance.
This is what the Bears traded with the Giants for promotion.