Comparing, contrasting the Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick deals

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As reported, new Bears quarterback Andy Dalton and new Washington quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick signed one-year, $10 million deals. On closer inspection, there are differences between the deals.

Dalton’s deal pays a firm $10 million, in the form of a $7.5 million signing bonus and a $2.5 million non-guaranteed base salary. He can make up to $3 million in incentives, based on individual performance, playing time, and playoff victory incentives in 2021.

Fitzpatrick, in contrast, got $6 million to sign and a $3 million non-guaranteed salary. The extra $1 million comes from per-game roster bonuses. He can make another $2 million based on playing time, starts, win, playoff qualification, and individual performance incentives.

So Dalton will get $10 million no matter what; Fitzpatrick will get $10 million only if he’s on the active roster all season. The upside for Dalton is $13 million, and the upside for Fitzpatrick is $12 million.

The contracts mean both are penciled in as the starters. If either or both the Bears and Washington use a first-round pick on a quarterback, that could change.

6 responses to “Comparing, contrasting the Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick deals

  1. I wished my parents would have forced me to play quarterback when I was in high school.

  2. B D says:
    March 17, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Pace paid more for less. It’s his MO.


    Less? I like Fitzpatrick a lot, but Dalton started for 9 years with the same team and has a career winning record. Fitz has a steeply worse career W-L record and hasn’t spent more than 2 season with a team for the past decade plus.

    I like both guys and think they deserve to be on good teams. Fitzpatrick seems to have signed with the much better team. Apart from financially, I feel bad for Dalton on this one.

  3. I like the signing. Dalton is decisive and could thrive if the Bears remember to run the ball.

    Alex Smith also would have made sense. I really would have liked Minshew, but given the narrative that the Bears are incompetent it’d be tough for Pace to send draft capital to the same team two years in a row.

  4. Neither of these QBs is an “answer” to either teams woes/goals – both are stop gap measures intended to stay execution of management. That said… regardless of skill sets and any comparisons between the two, I’d would have preferred Fitz in Chi-town because frankly, he has more entertainment value.

    Sad but true, winning isn’t on the agenda in 20121, Bears will be fortunate to go 3-13 this upcoming season, so signing Dalton may in fact be a good move towards the 2022 draft. They should look into Oline this draft and plan for a young QB next year. Which would be brought in by a new HC/GM.

  5. Dalton is solid, experienced and steady. Fitz is more of a gunslinger, spectacularly good and then spectacularly bad, in the same game.

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