UA-59049186-1 Welcome to Chicago: Andy Dalton, Quarterback - Good if it Goes

Welcome to Chicago: Andy Dalton, Quarterback

Tuesday, the Bears signed QB Andy Dalton to a one-year, $10 million deal that could be worth as much as $3 million more in incentives. That dollar amount suggests that they’re looking at the Red Rifle as more than a backup, however:

So nothing’s set in stone.

While this is a disappointment to anyone hoping for Russell Wilson, it takes two sides to make a deal and the absence of one isn’t due to a lack of effort on the Bears’ part.

As for Dalton himself, Bears OC Bill Lazor is certainly familiar with him, having served as Dalton’s QB coach in 2016 in Cincinnati and OC there the next two years. In 2016, Dalton completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 4206 yards, with 18 TDs and 8 INTs, good enough for a Pro Bowl appearance. The following year, Dalton’s completion percentage dropped to 59.9, yardage dropped to 3320, but TDs increased to 25. INTs also unfortunately increased to 12. In 2018, Dalton’s completion percentage rebounded a bit, to 61.9 and he threw for 2566 yards, with 21 TDs and 11 INTs before a thumb injury ended his season after 11 games.

Nobody is claiming Dalton is the answer here, but after being rebuffed by Seattle and seeing Fitzmagic end up in Washington, the Bears clearly felt that they had to do something. This doesn’t totally rule out a trade for Wilson, but at the very least, it does mean that if a trade were to happen, it wouldn’t happen until we get closer to training camp at the earliest. The more likely scenario for the Bears is to draft a QB next month and use Dalton as the bridge. So I;m not going to lose my mind over this the way a sizable chunk of the fan base is, even if I am slightly irked about the fact that they could’ve just signed Dalton last year instead of trading a 4th-round pick for Nick Foles.

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