Pittsburgh Steelers won’t pick up Justin Fields’ 5th-year option, per report

Russell Wilson, Justin Fields will both be on 1-year deals in 2024

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields fires a pass during their game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

A month after trading for quarterback Justin Fields, the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided not to exercise the fifth-year option on Fields’ rookie contract.

The Steelers will not extend Fields’ contract through the 2025 season, per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday morning. Fields will be eligible to become a free agent in March 2025. The price tag for Fields’ fifth-year option would’ve cost the Steelers approximately $25 million.

So the Steelers will head into 2024 with two quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Fields, both on one-year deals. The Steelers signed Wilson to a cheap contract because the Denver Broncos are still paying Wilson a reported $39 million to not play for them this season.

The Steelers traded a 2025 conditional sixth-round draft pick to the Bears in exchange for Fields on March 16. That sixth-round pick can elevate to a fourth-round pick if Fields plays more than half the offensive plays for the Steelers in 2024.

The Bears traded the one-time 11th overall draft pick to make room for a rookie quarterback. They are likely to select USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday night.

Sean Hammond

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for the Shaw Local News Network. He has covered the Bears since 2020. Prior to writing about the Bears, he covered high school sports for the Northwest Herald and contributed to Friday Night Drive. Sean joined Shaw Media in 2016.