Report: Andy Dalton agrees to one-year, $10 million deal with Bears

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Word arrived Monday that the Bears were interested in Andy Dalton. They closed the deal today.

The former Cowboys and Bengals quarterback agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. He has a chance to earn another $3 million in incentives.

The deal is the same as the one Ryan Fitzpatrick reportedly agreed to with the Washington Football Team last night.

Dalton will join Nick Foles in competition for the starting job in Chicago.

It reunites Dalton with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who was Dalton’s quarterbacks coach for one season and his offensive coordinator for two seasons with the Bengals.

Dalton started nine of the 11 games he played for Dallas last season, completing 64.9 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Dak Prescott was lost for the season in Week 5.

Dalton, 33, previously spent nine seasons in Cincinnati and earned three Pro Bowls.

92 responses to “Report: Andy Dalton agrees to one-year, $10 million deal with Bears

  1. I legit don’t even know how to react to this. Makes even less sense than anything I had even fathomed Chicago might do. Hoping there’s some second part to this that might explain it, but…

  2. This is horrible. I feel for Bears fans. They better hope the team has a great draft.

  3. Well, at least he will be able to pad his stats against the hapless packer defense twice a year.

  4. HAHAHAHA!!!

    Couldn’t be any more Bears than signing Andy Dalton.

    Well, hopefully when Pace and Nagy are gone after this season, they take Ted Phillips with them.

  5. So. Andy Dalton’s gonna take us to the promised land by beating Aaron Rodgers twice a year ?

  6. That’s the Bears answer to competing against Aaron Rogers, I like Andy and all and he carried us well enough but the Bears are a stud QB away from owning that division and Dalton is just another Cousins/Goff

  7. Dalton during the regular, Foles in the post. What could go wrong?

  8. LOL…now the press is going to tell us the Bears will be giving Seattle Dalton and a 1st rounder for Wilson. That’ll keep the Wilson rumors alive for another week of click bait.

  9. So, who are they cutting or trading? They are 20 million over the cap.

    All these teams need to be under the cap by 4pm tomorrow.

    Saints, Rams, Eagles and Bears in the worst shape with GB and the Giants not far behind.

  10. As a Bears fan I prefer this over giving away multiple draft picks to get Wilson or Watson. Pace is incompetent and should have been fired.

  11. Add to the list of Bears quarterbacks they have had during the Favre to Rodgers stretch.

  12. The genius GM Pace strikes again. He can’t pick a QB to save his behind. Lets look at some history: 1. Mitch Trubisky. 2. Mike Glennon. 3. Nick Foles. And that’s just starters. He kept Chase Daniel around for some reason as a backup that couldn’t play either. And George McMediocre endorses this guy as his GM. Credit Pace one thing though… he didn’t hamstring the next GM coming in 2022 by giving up the farm for a QB like Wilson….

  13. Hey, look on the good side — they could have signed Winston. He’s not very mobile, which could be an issue with the Bears’ O-line. I suspect there will just be a regular QB rotation — Foles comes back from injury to replace Dalton when he’s hurt, Dalton recovers and replaces Foles after he’s injured, and so on, and on, and on . . . . .

  14. Not my first pick, but an upgrade over my old backup in college.

    Regards,

    M. Williams

  15. Foles and Dalton are both good QBs, but if the Bears think they are anywhere close to the appropriate team to have these guys as QBs, they’re very wrong.

    Some QBs just aren’t very good, no matter what. Some are good in a way that can elevate even poor teams. Others have high ceilings that rely on having sound teams around them. I think Dalton and Foles are in the latter category.

    It’s nothing against either guy. I think they’re both underrated and underappreciated. But you can’t just stick them on any team and have it work. Foles gave one of the best SB performances I’ve ever seen from a QB, but he couldn’t get things started with the Rams or Bears.

    These are the QBs you sign once you have a sound roster, not when you’re in disarray.

    Though I can’t blame Dalton for getting out of Dallas. The way that team quit on him when he took that terrible hit – he showed a lot of class finishing the season knowing he was surrounded by guys who didn’t have his back.

  16. Dalton is a solid signing. Given a full off season he will be an upgrade over what they have. He is very efficient and will be fun to watch.

  17. Andy Dalton has EARNED the right to be a backup QB because it’s not a matter of weather a team is going to lose a starting QB during the season… It’s a matter of which team will it happen to. $10 million for a backup still blows my mind. I guess it’s the world we live in. Let’s face it. It is just an insurance policy you hope you never need to cash in because you want your starter to stay healthy and play well.

  18. Nice move, Bears. Anyone with a brain would chose the Red Rifle over Goff or cousins at less than half the price tag of either of them. The Rifle isn’t quite a top 5 league quarterback, but he’s Rodgers closest competition at the position in the division since Cutler.

  19. I believe the Bears were 20 million over the cap before they got Dalton.

    Going to have to do some juggling. Could they really have afforded anyone else????

  20. What a waste… That GM is an idiot… Dalton was absolutely horrible last year…Foles was even worse… Why wouldn’t you just keep Trubisky around if your plan was to go with these two hopeless fools…I would say that this is the last year Pace will be making roster decisions for the Bears

  21. Sad thing is he’s probably better than any other QB on the Bears’ and Vikings rosters combined.

  22. Well better him than Carson Wentz I guess. Pace and Nagy better have a lot more up their sleeve than that though if they want fans coming back to Soldier Field this fall.

  23. Dennis Allen’s Outgoing Persona says:
    March 16, 2021 at 5:17 pm
    Dalton during the regular, Foles in the post. What could go wrong?
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    Simply the fact that the Bears will not reach the post with Dalton.

  24. All they need is an emergency back-up in addition to the two back-up QB’s in the roster. Better off with Trubisky, but the fans would have none of that.

  25. Looks like da’ bears are now taking players that can’t cut it with the Bengals. #beardown

  26. As a Bears fan I prefer this over giving away multiple draft picks to get Wilson or Watson. Pace is incompetent and should have been fired.
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    Just wait. He’ll trade this year’s 1st, next year’s 1st and 3rd, and a defensive starter to move up for Trey Lance a.k.a. Trubisky 2.0. Then get fired and leave the Bears starting over with no draft picks to rebuild with and no QBs either.

  27. Wow! QB’s are the most over-paid athletes on the planet!! I mean, Dalton is okay, but 10 million dollars for what he will give them? I don’t see it at all.

  28. This tells you that they’ll be trying to draft a QB high. I won’t be shocked at all if they trade up. There’s no other explanation that makes sense, with them keeping their jobs. This is a placeholder contract.

  29. Next best thing to Russell Wilson. The straw that stirs the drink. The future is now. Bear down.

  30. capnfunk says:
    March 16, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    As a Bears fan I prefer this over giving away multiple draft picks to get Wilson or Watson. Pace is incompetent and should have been fired.

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    this, unless this is some convoluted trade setup, would rather they have signed Fitz though, he has better entertainment value, oh well.

  31. Dalton is a decent QB. Which means he is a huge upgrade over every Bears QB for the 10 to 15 years

  32. Dalton or Foles…..and the Bears think they can win with these two? Wow, things are bad in Chicago, season is over before it even starts. GM must be delusional in the Windy City.

  33. Never thought I would say this but no Bears for me this year. I think we’re trying to give the Texans a run for their money for boneheaded moves

  34. Dalton is the best out of the three QB’S they have. Bigger point who’s going to back up Dak? he might not be able to play very good with his bad ankle?

  35. I think Dalton still has some wear left on the tread. I don’t know why everyone hates him so much. Let’s face it….he may not have any playoff wins but he did take the Bengals to the playoffs–something nobody has done since the days of Boomer Esiason. When you consider how clueless ownership is that’s really saying something for Dalton.

  36. It’s obvious that George Mckaskey doesn’t have a freakin clue … Or he just doesn’t give a damned about winning. Pace has got to be the laughing stock of the entire league. What an idiot. Sorry Season ahead, just look at their schedule.

  37. changes nothing and the following still remains:

    Bears > Lions

    Bears > Raiders

    joetoronto tri$$ered

  38. The only way getting Dalton makes sense is if the Bears are planning to get a rookie QB in the draft, and let Dalton show him the ropes.

  39. So a year ago Dalton signs a one year deal with Dallas for 3MM. He stinks it up and looks incompetent when his number is called. He’s another year older and now he’s worth $10MM plus incentives??? Dalton’s agent is either really good or Ryan Pace is really dumb. Or some combination of the two.

    Please fire Pace yesterday.

  40. I think this is a good move. Anytime you have a seasoned veteran that wishes to extend his career because he still has something to prove, it’s a good thing. This puts Chicago in the lead in the division for giving the Packers a run.

  41. Bears need to sign receivers , offensive line and fight end, until then no QB will excel the there. GB has Adams and Aaron Jones . Vikings have Thielen and Cook. Beats have nobody

  42. I’ve never hated being a Bears fan as much as I do right now. If it weren’t for the Texans, we’re be the worst-run franchise in the NFL. What a joke. (No, Dalton isn’t the worst QB on the planet, but what’s the POINT of signing him?? we already have Foles) This is why Pace and Ted Phillips needed to go away

  43. Pankaj Pandey says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Bears need to sign receivers , offensive line and fight end, until then no QB will excel the there. GB has Adams and Aaron Jones . Vikings have Thielen and Cook. Beats have nobody

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    The “Beats” have Cole Kmet, Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, David Montgomery and a defense that is better than any in the division.

  44. joetoronto the obsessive paranoid delusional covid queen says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:35 pm
    changes nothing and the following still remains:

    Bears > Lions

    Bears > Raiders
    _______________________________________
    Doink!

  45. I agree the Bears are still better than the Lions and definitely fleeced the Raiders with the Mack trade.

  46. The Bears will still make the playoffs and the Packers will finish the season on a high note and fade to nothing as usual.

    Nothing to see here.

  47. Be grateful! Even though he hasn’t taken a snap, Dalton is already one of the greatest Bears qbs of all time!

  48. You know what Bears fans? Enjoy Andy Dalton, he’s a standup dude and a rock solid QB. You could do a lot worse, and actually you have – almost historically. He’s a bargain for 10 mil, and the vitriol the guy gets is absurd. Also, take solace in the fact that you were never getting Wilson or Watson.

  49. patricia is not getting fired, nagy is though says:
    March 16, 2021 at 8:19 pm
    Pankaj Pandey says:
    March 16, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Bears need to sign receivers , offensive line and fight end, until then no QB will excel the there. GB has Adams and Aaron Jones . Vikings have Thielen and Cook. Beats have nobody

    _______________

    The “Beats” have Cole Kmet, Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, David Montgomery and a defense that is better than any in the division.

    3 5 Rate This

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    When they cut or trade more guys to clear cap space tomorrow to sign rookies, that won’t be true.

  50. This will be interesting for sure, because he has never been on a team with a great defense.

  51. Sid Luckman last played in 1950. You would think 70 years would be enough time to find his replacement.

  52. I understand the frustration on the part of Bears fans. They wanted a proper solution to the QB problem and this looks like just another in a long line of mediocre QBs. That said, I don’t hate the move. One has to look at the circumstances and the player. With respect to the former, just who were the Bears supposed to get? There simply aren’t that many quality options available right now at a reasonable price. In that light, this move looks decent. As recently as two years ago, Dalton was a solid starter. Last year, he struggled when he first came in, got COVID, and then gradually worked his way back to a pretty competent level to close out the year. I suspect that, with a proper offseason and a COVID vaccination, he could step in and give the Bears a solid upgrade at the QB position next season.

  53. Andy actually beat Rodgers a couple times while he was in Cincy. Put a good team around Andy, and he’ll win you 10 games every year.

  54. I know Andy is about as “blah” as they come, but tell me who was available that was better? Maybe Tyrod Taylor, but he keeps losing his job to rookies so I’m not sure about that.

  55. dasublime69oz says:
    March 17, 2021 at 1:35 am
    Andy actually beat Rodgers a couple times while he was in Cincy. Put a good team around Andy, and he’ll win you 10 games every year.
    *********
    Well, actually Dalton vs. Rodgers is a 1-1 stalemate.
    And if you’re seriously basing anything on a single win from 8 years ago you may be a bit delusional.
    Also, I’m not entirely convinced Dalton wins the starting job in Chicago.
    Either way, whoever wins the job is merely a stop-gap for whatever QB the Bears grab in the draft.

  56. ohokgotit says:
    March 16, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Immediately becomes the 3rd best QB in the division behind Rodgers and Goff.//////

    The Red Rocket hasn’t shown he is better than the non-impressive Kirk Cousins so he is 4th.

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