Bears should trade Justin Fields, draft pick of Bryce Young

If Mike Tannenbaum was in Ryan Poles’ situation, the former Jets general manager would trade Justin Fields and nab Alabama quarterback Bryce Young with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Tannenbaum, in a segment sur “Get Up” d’ESPN Tuesday said he still thinks Fields would be a “good quarterback” — and maybe even someone who can make the NFL’s top 10 at that position — but the Poles’ return, the Bears general manager, could help Chicago build around Young.

“When I (change Fields) and get at least a first and third round pick, I reset Bryce Young’s rookie contract and I’m going to be able to get at least four starting caliber players,” Tannenbaum said. .

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Tannenbaum compared the possible situation to the Jaguars, who have quarterback Trevor Lawrence on his rookie contract and have signed pieces like wide Christian Kirk, offensive lineman Brandon Scherff and tight end Evan Engram to fill out their offensive unit around Clemson’s former No. 1 pick. Jacksonville closed out the 2022 season with wins in seven of its final nine games to snatch the AFC South title from the Titans, making head coach Doug Pederson’s first season playoff.

“So I can turn Justin Fields into six quality players and get Bryce Young, who I think is going to be the best player, I’m making that pick if I’m the Bears,” said Tannenbaum, who was the Jets’ general manager. from 2006. until 2012.

Fields showed star potential in his second season in the NFL, despite going 3-12 as a starter. He rushed for 1,143 yards and eight touchdowns — stringing together explosive rushes — while throwing for 17 more under freshman offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and head coach Matt Eberflus.

While at Alabama, Young threw for 3,328 yards and 32 touchdowns in his third college season. He rushed for four more touchdowns to finish with 87 total scores during his three-year career with the Crimson Tide, which ended in victory over Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl.

The Bears clinched the No. 1 pick when the Texans converted a late 2-point conversion to defeat the Colts, losing their grip on the No. 1 pick in the process.

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