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The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to trade for former Chicago Bears starting quarterback Justin Fields this offseason, adding another experienced and veteran player at the position. But it doesn’t sound like the team will be committing to keeping him on the roster beyond this upcoming season.

The deadline to pick up players’ fifth-year options came and passed this week, and the Pittsburgh Steelers did not pick up the fifth-year option for Justin Fields, meaning he is set to become a free agent following the upcoming 2024 season.

“The #Steelers also officially declined the fifth-year option on QB Justin Fields, which would have been worth $25.6M.
So, Justin Fields and Najee Harris are now in the final year of their contracts and are slated to be free agents next offseason,” Ari Meirov said in a post on X, the social media website that was formerly known as Twitter.

Obviously, there’s a chance that Fields could simply re-sign with the Steelers following the conclusion of the 2024 season, or he could choose to hit the open market and try to find another landing spot elsewhere. Regardless, he will not be locked into staying with the Steelers past next season, and the Steelers won’t be committed to keeping him.

[Ari Meirov]