It was another lost season for the Chicago Bears. The team confounded Bears fans and Illinois sports betting patrons by finishing 7-10 and in third place in the NFC North.
That pushes the franchise’s postseason drought to three seasons and counting.
One major storyline of the year was the inconsistent play of former first-round pick Justin Fields, who had the best touchdown-to-interception ratio of his career (1.8-to-1) but finished with the league’s 23rd-best QBR (46.2). It made for more questions than answers.
The third-year signal-caller out of Ohio State is only 24 and has a lot of football left before exiting his prime, but the Bears’ playoff chances cratered, and there are rumblings about whether Chicago will deal Fields this offseason.
While Fields has a year left on his rookie deal, it’s worth wondering if Chicago will part with him this offseason, especially given the club’s No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft (via the Carolina Panthers).
With that in mind, IllinoisBet.com – your source for Illinois betting apps – broke down the odds on which team could land Fields this offseason, starting with the NFL team in his home state of Georgia.
Where Will Fields Land Next?
The odds-on leader to land Fields in 2024 is the Atlanta Falcons, thanks in large part to the club’s No. 8 pick in this year’s draft and the promise of a new coach in the ATL. It’s also worth noting that Fields hails from Kennesaw, which is 26 miles northwest of the Falcons’ home field in downtown Atlanta, which could increase the draw of coming home for the former Georgia and Ohio State quarterback.
Overall, the Falcons come in at +475 to land Fields via a trade, beating out the New England Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders (at +900 apiece). The Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and Pittsburgh Steelers follow, tied at +1200. There’s also a 40% (+150) chance that Fields and the Bears ink a long-term extension.
One way or another, we’ll soon find out where Fields will play next, in the Windy City or in another location entirely.
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