ESPN pundit’s potential Falcons trade package for Justin Fields

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Justin Fields trade rumors have really begun to ramp up over the last couple of days as the Falcons find themselves in the middle of the noise.

The Bears are expected to trade the Georgia native and take Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick. Speculation really took over when social media took notice that Fields unfollowed the Bears team account on Instagram and followed several Falcons players.

Though that doesn’t matter much to me, Justin Fields’ next team odds certainly paint a similar picture that Atlanta is a real possibility. Not only is it a real scenario, it’s the most likely, according to betting markets.

Atlanta is now a -130 favorite to be Justin Fields’ next team, followed by Pittsburgh at +350, but the odds have shifted dramatically over the last few weeks.

The Steelers, with former Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, were the favorite to land Justin Fields at -125 odds after starting out at +550 last week. The Falcons’ odds of acquiring Fields plummeted by a good bit at +550 at the time.

I would expect the odds to continue to shift, but if the Falcons do indeed inquire, what would they offer the Bears? ESPN insider Field Yates explored the possibility.

Yates’ trade package: 2024 second-round pick (No. 43)

Atlanta is the only team we’re mentioning as a contender for both options. That speaks to the desperate need of a quarterback upgrade, but considering a move from No. 8 to No. 1 in the draft would come at a massive cost, dealing for Fields might be the more attractive path. Fields played his high school football at nearby Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, and began his college career at the University of Georgia.

The Falcons would have contract control through at least 2025 — Fields has a fifth-year option that can be picked up for 2025 — and their exciting offensive playmakers would make this move a little more compelling.

The Falcons are likely to be required to give up at least a second-round pick depending on the demand in a Justin Fields trade. The Steelers, Raiders, and Vikings all need a signal caller.

If just one of the three clubs gets into a bidding war with the Falcons, it could drive the price up considerably, to a point where it might not make sense for Atlanta any longer. I’d say that point would involve anything more than a second-round pick.

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