Justin Fields to Bears: Projecting No. 11 Pick's Contract with Chicago

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2021

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields passes against Alabama during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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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. 

Field Yates @FieldYates

Justin Fields turns 2️⃣2️⃣ today which is more than enough reason to revisit his 6 TD dimes in the game of his life against Clemson in January. cc: fans of teams with a top 5 pick https://t.co/8O6Kw7NuJz

Bucky Brooks @BuckyBrooks

It’s minor thing but coaches will appreciate Justin Fields’ effort on this play. Every coach wants their QB1 to be a tough guy with a great work ethic. This hustle sheds a little light on how @justnfields gets down at QB. @OhioStateFB ❤️🏈 https://t.co/aC6epGgqZp

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. 

Justin Fields @justnfields

Had to let ‘em know. I’ll be in the 4.3’s by Pro Day.. ⚡️ https://t.co/6JcFCqGVaJ

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.