Am leaving Justin Fields set to leave this summer


The Steelers acquired Justin Fields in a low risk trade with the Chicago Bears last month in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in next year’s draft, but according to ESPN, Pittsburgh does not plan to pick up Fields’ $25 million fifth-year option.
The decision comes after the Steelers signed Russell Wilson to a one-year deal on the league’s $1.21 million veteran’s minimum salary, meaning both quarterbacks will be jostling for a contract extension by the end of the season.
During the annual NFL owners meeting in Florida last month, head coach Mike Tomlin leaned into Wilson’s experience but said that Fields will have the opportunity to compete for the starting role.

“We’re not resistant to competition, but as I’ve mentioned several times of late, I just think it’s appropriate to establish positioning. . . . and the term that I’ve used is Russell has pole position,” Tomlin said. “And why do I use that term? Because during this time where we are not formally working, I just think it’s beneficial. His experience in the National Football League, his process has been honed and perfected.”