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Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles staying ‘open-minded’ as he evaluates whether to keep Justin Fields or draft a QB at No. 1


Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles returned to a familiar phrase Wednesday at Halas Hall as he described his upcoming evaluation of the team’s quarterback situation.

As Poles prepares to determine whether the Bears will stick with Justin Fields in 2024, he said he would have to be “blown away” by a QB prospect to draft one at No. 1.

Poles said the same thing last year, when he looked at the quarterbacks class. He eventually traded the number one pick.

But this is a different draft, and Poles made clear he is keeping his options open as the Bears go into “information-gathering mode” on a crop of quarterback prospects that includes USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye, LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. and Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy.

Poles said his “brain has gone crazy” as he ponders the many scenarios that could play out. He vowed to stay “open-minded” and later added that he’s also ready to take phone calls on ideas for a potential trade.

So while the Bears announced decisions about their coaching staff Wednesday — retaining Matt Eberflus and firing offensive coordinator Luke Getsy — their quarterback decision is still up in the air.

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