Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields looks to pass during a NFL football practice in Lake Forest, ... Ill., Wednesday June 2, 2021. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh) ASSOCIATED PRESS
Considering the effort they have madeTo put it down, it was no surprise that the Bears quickly signed quarterback Justin Fields. The fully guaranteed four-year deal will pay the Ohio State $ 17.9 million in the first round, including an $ 11.1 million signing bonus.
Including Backups of veteran Andy Dalton and Nick Foles, the Bears have invested $ 35.54 million in quarterbacks, according to the Spotrac website. Their 2021 cap for the position is only $ 15,097,931 this season.
This is less than what they would have spent on Mitchell Trubisky if they had exercised his fifth year contract option a year ago. They are hoping that it 's much less that Fields earns after exceeding his rookie contract.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace traded the draft to clinch Fields with the 11th pick overall. While it looks like Dalton will open 2021 as a starting quarterback, it won't come as a surprise ifFields is in charge in the second half of the season and beyond. He will be in the spotlight when the Bears arrive at training camp next month.
Fields already stands out at Halas H everything. On Wednesday he showed off his arm skills during organized team events, showing his teammates how he led the Buckeyes to a 20-2 start record after starting his career at the University of Georgia.
In a 7v7 series of drills, he gave a long touchdown pass to new Bears receiver Damiere Byrd for a touchdown.
"He's got this heartbreaking mentality," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “There have been a few games out there - and not just today but other days - where those quarterbacks remain aggressive. And you must see a taste of it withJustin. ''
2020 rookie wide receiver Darnell Mooney will join Allen Robinson as primary targets for Chicago's quarterbacks this year. He says it was fun working with Fields.
"Just seeing the ball in the air and just how (and) where it (is) placed," Mooney told reporters, including Sean of Shaw Media. Hammond. "He's very precise with his ball, and he understands exactly where he wants to place the ball. ''
Dalton, the longtime Cincinnati starter who spent the last year at Dallas, was signed for a year, $ 10 million contract as a free agent before the draft. Foles has two more seasons on the contract which he restructured after the Bears acquired him from. Jacksonville heading into the 2020 season.
The Bears are hoping a strong performance in training camp and exhibition games will give them the opportunity to trade him. Foles will wear a cap from $ 7,666,667 for 2022 ifl is released after next season.