The Chicago Bears signed veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year, $10 million deal, and everyone in the NFL world is puzzled by the move. While Dalton isn’t the worst quarterback in the league, he doesn’t move the needle at all for the Bears, who have one of the NFL’s top defenses.
After the Bears signed Andy Dalton, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. went off on Chicago for not making an “aggressive” effort to land a disgruntled QB and settling for Dalton.
Even Andy Dalton knows Bears fans are upset with the move
During his introductory press conference with the Bears, Andy Dalton admitted that he knows Chicago fans aren’t happy the franchise signed him.
The veteran quarterback, though, is going to control what he can control.
“Obviously I know there’s been a lot of talk, but I’m coming in from the outside,” Dalton said, via NBC Sports Chicago. “A lot of people don’t know a ton about me and are gonna get to learn a lot about me while I’m here. That’s all I’m worried about and so, I’m here now. Hopefully, everybody gets a chance to see who I am as a player, as a person, see what we’re gonna be able to do with this organization. I’m excited about the opportunity. Obviously, there’s been a lot of talk, but I’m not worried about any of that.”
Bears fans wanted Russell Wilson, who is reportedly not happy in Seattle. Instead, Chicago got Dalton. Sometimes, the NFL Gods can be cruel.
The Bears have assured Dalton he will be the starting quarterback in 2021 unless Wilson or Deshaun Watson requests a trade to Chicago. Both superstars have no-trade clauses in their contracts. The Bears will be awful if Dalton is the starting QB, as he’s not an upgrade over Mitchell Trubisky, who signed with the Buffalo Bills.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is puzzled by what the Bears are doing. If he were running the show in Chicago, Kiper Jr. would have obviously done what Ryan Pace did and offered the house for Russell Wilson.
However, the ESPN draft guru is confused why Chicago didn’t try and trade for a younger quarterback who was traded from the NFC to the AFC.
Mel Kiper Jr. says the Bears should have traded for Carson Wentz
On First Draft, Mel Kiper Jr. discussed why Carson Wentz should have been the obvious choice for the Bears after Andy Dalton signed with the team. Chicago could have acquired Wentz for cheap since he was awful in 2020 with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Indianapolis Colts acquired Wentz from the Eagles for a third-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2022 draft. Kiper Jr. believes the Bears should have been more aggressive in their pursuit for Wentz, who is way better than Dalton at this stage of his career.
Even though Carson Wentz was the worst QB in the NFL last season, his upside is still really high, and he may have been able to succeed in Chicago since the Bears have Allen Robinson as their top WR and a good defense. Ryan Pace went all out for Russell Wilson but ended up with Andy Dalton.
Mel Kiper Jr. won’t bash the Bears for pursuing Wilson, but he doesn’t understand why they didn’t go after Wentz and chose to sign Dalton.
Things could get ugly in Chicago
Bears star Eddie Jackson wasn’t happy after Chicago cut Kyle Fuller. According to Chris Emma of 670TheScore.com, several players in Chicago are “pissed” that Fuller is gone and Akiem Hicks could be on the move next.
The Bears have given Hicks permission to seek a trade. He’s due $10.5 million in 2021.
Even though Allen Robinson signed his franchise tag for the 2021 season, neither Robinson nor his teammates are happy that Chicago won’t give A-Rob a long-term deal.
Things could be very ugly for the Bears in 2021. It’s safe to assume everyone in Chicago hates Ryan Pace.