With NFL Free Agency kicking off on Monday, there have already been a flurry of moves across the league. Notable names such as Joe Thuney, Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry and Ryan Fitzpatrick have already swapped teams. Another notable name that will be changing places is quarterback Andy Dalton, who will be moving on from the Dallas Cowboys to the Chicago Bears.
Former Cowboys’ QB Andy Dalton is signing a one-year, $10 million deal, with the chance to earn another $3 million in incentives, with the Chicago Bears, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021
As a Cincinnati Bengals fan myself, I could talk about the ups and downs of Andy Dalton all day long. But this post is not about Dalton, we already know what he is. Instead, the real reason I am writing this is so people can see what the Chicago Bears have been able to manage at quarterback since their last Super Bowl appearance back in 2007.
Bears starting QBs since their last Super Bowl appearance:
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 16, 2021
Not so great, right? Well, Chicago’s QB mess has been haunting them for over a decade. When they hired general manager Ryan Pace in 2015, they expected him to help correct that problem. Sadly for Bears fans, Pace has not been close to hitting the mark.
QBs brought in by the #Bears under GM Ryan Pace:
– Signed Mike Glennon ($18M for 1 year)
– Traded up for Mitch Trubisky
– Traded a 4th for Nick Foles + his contract.
– Signed Andy Dalton
Not the greatest.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 16, 2021
As you can see, Pace has made plenty of head-scratching moves at quarterback. I think it is a little unfair to group Dalton in there before he has even played a snap, but I can understand why. He a quarterback that will help the Bears compete for a championship. You could say the same thing for quarterback Nick Foles, who the Bears acquired in a trade last offseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Some thoughts: The Bears trading a 4th-round pick and giving $20 million guaranteed to Nick Foles when Andy Dalton was available in FA only to sign Andy Dalton a year later — with Foles still on the roster — is objectively hilarious.
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) March 16, 2021
Whatever the case may be, Chicago looks prepared to open the season with Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback. But who knows, the Bears may try and trade up and draft someone. We know how well that has worked out for Pace and Chicago’s front office before.
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