The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Andy Dalton, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The one year contract is worth $10 million with a chance to earn $3 million in incentives.
After playing nine seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, Dalton signed with the Cowboys last offseason. He assumed the starting position after Dak Prescott sustained a compound fracture and right ankle dislocation in Week 5. Over nine starts for Dallas, Dalton went 4-5 with average statistics. He threw for 2,170 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 8 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 87.3.
This is an unpopular signing among Bears fans. Chicago was holding out hope that the Bears could swing a deal for Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson. In the end, the fanbase was met with yet another mediocre quarterback with a bad contract.
It is possible that the Bears draft a quarterback and hope Dalton can be an effective mentor. However, with the 20th overall pick, it is unlikely any of the top quarterbacks fall to the Bears. Chicago would need to trade up to find a quarterback that would truly inspire hope in the city.
The 33 year old veteran showed in Dallas that he is a fringe starter at this point in his career. Dalton would be a solid backup quarterback and mentor if Chicago brought in someone else. However, if the Bears two quarterback options going into the 2021 NFL season are Dalton and Nick Foles, Chicago’s offense will once again struggle at the incredibly important position.
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