- The Chicago Bears sign Andy Dalton to a one-year $10M deal.
- Dalton started 9 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season, finishing with a 4-5 record with 2,170 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions.
- Chicago’s Super Bowl LVI odds dropped from +4000 to +5000 after news of Dalton’s signing was announced.
The Chicago Bears’ quarterback search went from Russell Wilson to Andy Dalton. As a result, their odds to win Super Bowl LVI worsened from +4000 to +5000 at William Hill.
— br_betting (@br_betting) March 16, 2021
The Bears opened with a +6000 odds to win Super Bowl LVI. But after Wilson’s agent mentioned Chicago as one of the four preferred destinations if the Seahawks were to trade their starting QB, the Bears’ odds improved to +4000. However, when news of Chicago signing Dalton broke out on Tuesday, their odds dropped back to +5000 or even lower, depending on which of the best NFL betting sites you prefer to use.
Chicago signed Dalton on Tuesday to a one-year deal worth $10M with the chance to earn another $3M in incentives after their “aggressive” pursuit of Wilson ended with the Seahawks telling them that they aren’t trading Wilson for now.
Dalton is coming off a decent effort replacing the injured Dak Prescott in Dallas last season but obviously, he’s no Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson so you have to understand where the oddsmakers are coming from.
Dak Prescott’s Back Up Last Season
Andy Dalton ➡️ Chicago pic.twitter.com/RS0DhXTSxS
— NFL (@NFL) March 16, 2021
Andy Dalton was the Cincinnati Bengals’ 2nd round pick of the 2011 NFL Draft out of TCU. He spent nine seasons as the Bengals’ franchise quarterback, posting at 74-66-2 record as a starter in Cincinnati. Dalton was named to the Pro Bowl three times and took the Bengals to five playoff appearances but without a single playoff win.
However, after Cincinnati drafted Joe Burrow with the no. 1 overall pick of last year’s draft, Dalton became expendable. He left town in favor of the Dallas Cowboys and was signed primarily to become Dak Prescott’s backup.
But after Prescott got hurt early in the season, Dalton thrust into the limelight once again. He appeared in 11 games with nine starts for the Cowboys, the most by any Dallas quarterback last season. Dalton posted a record of 4-5, throwing for a total of 2,170 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Getting Another Chance
After the season finale, Andy Dalton sounded like he’d be looking for a chance to start elsewhere. “I feel like I can play and I feel like I can help a team win. Hopefully with the film that I put out this year people see that and value me in that way.” Apparently, the Bears did.
— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) March 16, 2021
After the 2020 season, the 33-year old Dalton said he hoped to get another opportunity to start for an NFL team. He gets that chance in Chicago, a team which finished 2020 with an 8-8 record and made the playoffs but got uninspiring plays from quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles.
Trubisky is now a free agent after Chicago refused to pick up its fifth-year option on the former no. 2 pick last season. Foles is still on the team’s roster but his best work has come when he is a back-up. Between Foles and Dalton, there’s no question that the latter will be the starter.
Dalton is more experienced and performed better last season. He played three seasons under Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, which is an advantage. But while he was probably the best “bridge” quarterback available in the free agency market, he isn’t good enough to turn the Bears’ fortunes around.