Given the trouble they made to draft him, it was no shock the Bears signed quarterback Justin Fields promptly. The absolutely assured four-year deal pays the first-rounder from Ohio State $17.9 million, together with an $11.1 million signing bonus.
Together with veteran backups Andy Dalton and Nick Foles, the Bears have $35.54 million invested in quarterbacks, per the web site Spotrac. Their 2021 cap hit for the place is barely $15,097,931 this season.
That’s lower than they’d have spent on Mitchell Trubisky had they exercised his fifth-year contract possibility a yr in the past. They hope it’s a lot lower than Fields will earn after he has gotten past his rookie contract.
Bears Normal Supervisor Ryan Tempo traded up within the draft to land Fields with the eleventh total decide. Whereas it seems Dalton will open 2021 because the beginning quarterback, it received’t shock anybody if Fields is on the controls within the second half of the season and past. He might be within the highlight when the Bears report back to coaching camp subsequent month.
Fields is already standing out at Halas Corridor. He flashed his arm expertise throughout organized staff actives on Wednesday, displaying his teammates how he led the Buckeyes to a 20-2 file in begins after starting his profession on the College of Georgia.
Throughout one set o 7-on-7 drills, he fired a protracted landing cross to new Bears receiver Damiere Byrd for a landing.
“He has that mentality of rip your coronary heart out,’’ Bears coach Matt Nagy mentioned. “There have been a few performs in there — and never simply at this time however different days — the place these quarterbacks are staying aggressive. And you bought to see a style of that with Justin.’’
Darnell Mooney, the 2020 rookie huge receiver, will be part of Allen Robinson as the first targets for Chicago quarterbacks this yr. He says it has been enjoyable getting working with Fields.
“Simply seeing the ball within the air and simply how (and) the place it (is being) positioned,’’ Mooney instructed reporters, together with Shaw Media’s Sean Hammond. “He’s very correct together with his ball, and he understands precisely the place he wish to place the ball.’’
Dalton, the long-time Cincinnati starter who spent final yr in Dallas, was signed to a one-year, $10-million deal as a free agent previous to the draft. Foles has two seasons left on the contract he restructured after the Bears acquired him from Jacksonville previous to the 2020 season.
The Bears hope a powerful displaying in coaching camp and exhibition video games will create a chance for them to commerce him. Foles will carry a useless cap hit of $7,666,667 for 2022 if he’s launched after subsequent season.