Justin Fields to Bears: Projecting No. 11 Pick's Contract with ChicagoApril 30, 2021
Justin Fields has a new home with the Chicago Bears after being selected with the No. 11 overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft.
So, we know where he'll be playing. But how much will he be making?
Per Spotrac, Fields will receive an estimated four-year contract worth a total of $18.9 million, with an $11 million signing bonus. Chicago will also hold a fifth-year option.
While the Bears have Andy Dalton at quarterback, it seems unlikely that they traded up to draft a player they plan on sitting for long. Fields should have a shot to win the starting gig immediately.
High stakes are nothing new for the rookie, though. Ohio State's two-year starter led the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff in both of his seasons, throwing for a total of 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns and just nine interceptions at Ohio State, completing 68.4 percent of his passes.
He also rushed for 867 yards and 15 touchdowns, bringing dual-threat capabilities to the NFL and the ability to extend the play with his legs.
In February, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Fields "has good size, excellent arm strength and remarkable athleticism for the quarterback position." He added that Fields is at "his best when he throws on time and in rhythm," but "when the defense takes that initial target away, he's had issues quickly aborting that opportunity, which has made him late on throws and also resulted in sacks."
Given his athleticism and toughness, alongside his other traits as a passer, Jeremiah believes Fields "has a chance to be special, but it's going to take some time for him to speed up his clock in the passing game."
That could lead to some rough patches early, especially since the stage will be bigger with the Bears, though they clearly feel he's up to the task.