In a not-so-cryptic tweet on Wednesday night, the Chicago Bears made it clear who they are riding with to start the 2021 NFL season.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 25, 2021
The post all but confirmed Andy Dalton as next season’s Week 1 starter. It comes eight days after Adam Schefter’s report that the Bears signed Dalton to a one year contract.
Dalton, a 33 year old veteran, was ahead of Nick Foles in Chicago’s quarterback room prior to the Twitter post. However, there were rumors that the Bears might still be looking to trade for Russell Wilson. The pipe dream of such a trade is beyond unrealistic at this point.
It is possible that Dalton is not the starting Bears quarterback for long. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, quarterback coach John DeFilippo and area scout Sam Summerville all showed up to Alabama’s pro day to watch quarterback Mac Jones. DeFilippo also went to Stanford’s pro day to watch quarterback Davis Mills play, “standing closely behind” per NBC Sports’ Adam Hoge. The Bears have a clear interest in the multitude of quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Chicago is interested in drafting a quarterback in this year’s draft to eventually take the reins in Chicago. Andy Dalton would theoretically accept this role if cast upon him. In his first interview with Chicago media, Dalton said he would have “no problem” with mentoring any potential quarterback the Bears drafted. However, barring unexpected circumstances, the Bears social media post proves that Dalton will be under center in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.
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