The Bears made Andy Dalton an offer he couldn’t refuse.
In his introductory press conference, the veteran quarterback went over most of the usual things: his work ethic, his personality, having an opportunity again, all the things expected. But before putting pen to paper with Chicago, Dalton said the team promised him one thing: the chance to start over.
“They told me I was the starter,” said Dalton (via ESPN). “It was one of the reasons I wanted to come here. So every conversation I have had has been, so that’s the assurance I got.
Dalton doesn’t really have a ton of competition in the Bears’ QB Hall to solidify that starter status. The current quarterbacks are Dalton and Nick Foles, who was pretty mediocre in 2020.
Dalton spent the 2020 season with the Cowboys, being put into action as a Dallas starter after Dak Prescott’s ankle injury cost him his season. Dalton played 11 games, starting nine, totaling 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions in a very irregular season. He also ran out of time after suffering a concussion.
Dalton’s signing with Dallas was seen as a one-year contract to rebuild his value and get a starting job on the road again. It seems to have worked for him.
The Bears made the Seahawks a sponsor offer for Russell Wilson, but trade talks fell apart, leading to Dalton’s signing.
Obviously, in the NFL things change in the blink of an eye, so Dalton’s position as a starter doesn’t matter as much as what the Bears are doing (or not doing) by. start of the 2021 season.