TRADE ALERT: NY Giants trade 2024 fourth-round pick to the Chicago Bears for QB Justin Fields
The Bears will own the No. 1 pick in the 2024 draft thanks to a shrewd trade by Ryan Poles with the Carolina Panthers before last year's draft, and will likely take Caleb Williams. Subsequently, they will trade Justin Fields.
I am by no means a huge Fields fan, but if the Giants are out of range in round one to take a quarterback they love, taking a flier of Fields instead of signing a veteran journeyman like Ryan Tannehill, Jacoby Brissett or Jaemis Winston makes a ton of sense.
For starters, Fields will likely not command a day one or day two pick, given the Bears have no leverage in the negotiations, and because the acquiring team would immediately have to decide whether to pick up his fifth-year option and potentially hand him a contract extension in a year or two.
From the Giants standpoint, Schoen loves getting value from spots, and no fourth-rounder could give Big Blue more value in 2024 than Fields. Given Daniel Jones' contract, the Giants cannot sign a big-time veteran like Kirk Cousins this spring, but they can add Fields (or a draft a quarterback), whose base salary is just over $1.6 million, to the payroll.
Fields could duke it out with Jones in camp for the starting job. Fields has refined his game a ton in 2023, and his legs, paired with Saquon Barkley's (if re-signed), would be a nightmare for opposing defenses. In this scenario, we think a fourth-rounder and a 2025 third-rounder would get the job done for Fields.