Bears’ Cole Kmet recalls ‘really upsetting’ moment he learned Justin Fields was traded

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One Chicago Bears participant is upset that Justine Fields is not on the workforce. 

Tight finish Cole Kmet bought a name from Bears head coach Matt Eberflus, who advised him that Fields was going to be traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Eberflus made it a degree to name Fields’ shut mates, figuring out that not everybody on the workforce was going to love the transfer. 

Kmet stated on the “CHGO Chicago Bears Podcast” that he was truly planning to hit the city for some St. Patrick’s Day celebration, however when he bought the decision, he determined to remain dwelling as a substitute.


Justin Fields and Cole Kmet of the Chicago Bears earlier than the Browns recreation on Dec. 17, 2023, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jason Miller/Getty Photos)

“Clearly, actually upsetting that it got here to that, and the place it was at that second, however you type of felt just like the writing was on the wall with that,” Kmet stated. 

It was no secret GM Ryan Poles was going to buy round to discover a suitor for Fields regardless of solely being with the Bears for 3 seasons. Chicago owns two prime 10 picks on this yr’s NFL Draft, together with No. 1 general, and it’s been anticipated they’d use that on a brand new quarterback for the group. USC’s Caleb Williams is the possible selection there. 

Poles stated earlier than the brand new league yr started that the Bears’ course could be revealed with their strikes earlier than the draft, and buying and selling Fields all however solidifies the usage of that first general choose for a quarterback. 


Kmet has developed fairly a rapport with Fields for the reason that latter was the eleventh general choose of the 2021 Draft. Kmet, who went within the second spherical to Chicago out of Notre Dame, noticed his finest season in a Bears uniform final yr with 719 yards on 73 receptions and 6 touchdowns. 

Due to his relationship together with his quarterback, Kmet appreciated that Eberflus referred to as him. 

Kmet and Fields warm up

Justin Fields and Cole Kmet of the Chicago Bears heat upiin Cleveland for the Browns recreation on Dec. 17, 2023. (Jason Miller/Getty Photos)

“I don’t anticipate them to name me for that type of factor, however it’s all the time good after they do attain out,” he defined. “I believe that’s an aesthetic transfer by them to let guys who’ve been with Justin and are shut with Justin allow them to know concerning the determination and why they made the choice.”

The commerce ushers in a brand new period of Bears soccer, one the group hopes is usually a fast turnaround. Poles actually made the precise strikes this offseason to take action, beefing up the offensive line, reaching a commerce with the Los Angeles Chargers for veteran large receiver Keenan Allen, and re-signing/bringing in defensive assist like security Kevin Byard.

Chicago’s roster on paper is a younger group that Williams, or another quarterback, can slot in completely. 

“I nonetheless suppose, actually thrilling occasions for the Bears right here,” Kmet stated. “That is actually thrilling occasions and with no matter rookie they determine to go together with, seems to be like that’s the course that it’s going, what a fantastic alternative. What a fantastic alternative for a younger child to come back in. right here with an infrastructure in place and be able to go win soccer video games from the get-go.”

Justin Fields and Cole Kmet against Denver

Justin Fields of the Bears walks with Cole Kmet after throwing an interception in opposition to the Denver Broncos at Soldier Area on Oct. 1, 2023, in Chicago. (Quinn Harris/Getty Photos)


Kmet can also be one of many gamers the Bears wished to maintain round, as he signed a four-year, $50 million deal to stay the beginning tight finish for the franchise. 

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