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NFL Free Agency: Chicago Bears to sign Andy Dalton 

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The Chicago Bears sign a free agent Andy Dalton, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The former Dallas Cowboys QB sign a one-year contract worth $ 10 million and could earn an additional $ 3 million in incentives per NFL insider.

Dalton’s signing comes after the Bears worked hard to acquire Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, but were denied.

“Chicago has made a ‘very aggressive search’ for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, according to sources, and the Bears have been told Seattle is not trading him at the moment,” Schefter also tweeted on Tuesday. “The Bears were one of four teams that Wilson’s agent named a place of interest. Now Chicago has agreed with Andy Dalton.”

According to Schefter, The Bears were one of four franchises on Wilson’s list of trading destinations. The other three were Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints.

Wilson had one of the best seasons of his career in 2020, breaking the record in the touchdown franchise in the season with 40, as many as he had already set for himself.

Wild Card Round - Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
Wild Card Round – Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks

Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL since entering the league. The Bears are still interested in acquiring QB, but as of today there is no deal between the Seahawks and the Bears.


Dalton could be the starter of the Chicago Bears

Dallas Cowboys v Cincinnati Bengals
Dallas Cowboys v Cincinnati Bengals

After spending last season as a Dallas Cowboys reserve back, Dalton now has the opportunity to be a starter in the NFL again. He was the franchise of the Cincinnati Bengals striker for nine seasons, but he failed to go into the depths of the playoffs with the team.

The Bengals were released by Dalton last April after making the LSU superstar Joe Burrow. He then signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys for seven million dollars.

Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns v. Cincinnati Bengals

Dalton saw a lot of action last season, filling in injured starter Duck Prescott. But he dealt with his own health problems, suffered from a concussion, and was also positive for COVID-19.

According to Schefter, Dalton wanted to join a team where he could start after his contract with the Cowboys expired. That urge seems to have taken him to Chicago.

The Bears didn’t take advantage of striker Mitchell Trubisky’s fifth option, making him a free agent. They still have Nick Foles, who shared time with Trubisky last season.

Posted March 17, 2021, 6:32 AM IST


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