Justin Fields says he ‘trying to not have football on his timeline’ as he downplays unfollowing the Chicago Bears on social media amid questions over his future

Justin Fields has downplayed his decision to unfollow the Chicago Bears on social media going into the offseason amid doubts over whether the franchise wants to keep him.

The quarterback’s future has become a hot topic in the NFL amid ongoing debates around whether the Bears should trade him and draft USC QB Caleb Williams, or trade the pick and continue to build around the former Ohio State Buckeye.

Fields unfollowed the Bears on Instagram this week and, speaking on the St. Brown Brothers podcast, he explained that he only did so to get away from football in the offseason.

He said: ‘Why do people take social media so serious? I still mess with the Bears, this and that. I’m just trying to take a little break. I unfollowed the Bears and the NFL. I’m just trying to not have football on my timeline.

‘It’s something that I don’t want to see on my timeline. I’m about to go on vacation. I don’t want to see no football. And guess what? It’s either keep Fields, we want Fields. It’s either draft Caleb [Williams]. I’m tired of hearing the talk. I just want it to be over.’ 

Bears quarterback Justin Fields did his best to downplay unfollowing the team on social media

Chicago is currently deciding between keeping Fields or drafting USC QB Caleb Williams

Chicago is currently deciding between keeping Fields or drafting USC QB Caleb Williams

Chicago drafted Fields with the No. 11 pick back in the 2021 NFL Draft and he is set to enter his fourth season this year, whether that be in Chicago or elsewhere. 

The 24-year-old QB went on to not only express his desire to stay in Chicago, but more importantly his wish to just move past the trade saga all together.

‘Yeah of course. Of course I want to stay,’ Fields said.

 ‘I can’t see myself playing in another place. But if it was up to me, I would want to stay in Chicago. I love the city. The city’s lit. The fans there are great and the people. 

‘It’s a business. I ain’t got no control over it; whatever happens, happens. I think the biggest thing with all this going on right now, I just want it to be over. Like, just let me know if I’m getting traded, let me know if I’m staying, this and that.’ 

Some of the teams most already linked with having interest in trading for Fields have been the Las Vegas Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Fields’ hometown Atlanta Falcons.

‘Atlanta would be tough,’ Fields said. ‘The only con of going back home is just people hit my phone [up] crazy wanting tickets to the game.

Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Antonio Pierce

The Steelers and Raiders have been strongly linked with acquiring Fields via a trade

‘But I think they’ve got a lot of playmakers on the team, of course Bijan [Robinson], they’ve got my boy Kyle [Pitts] and then, of course, Drake [London], too. 

‘They probably need one more receiver, but they’ve definitely got some guys over there and their defense was good this year, too.’ 

NFL Draft expert Merril Hoge recently said the Bears would be smart to keep Fields and gave a harsh assessment on Williams.

Last season Fields recorded a 5-8 record while missing four games due to injury and had 2,562 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. 

He also ran for 657 yards and four touchdowns on 124 rushing attempts. Back in 2022 when he started 15 games Fields ran for 1,143 yards and eight touchdowns.

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