Some might think the Chicago Bears are done at quarterback after signing Andy Dalton, but that is far from reality.
Sure, the reports came out on Tuesday about the Bears bringing in “their starter” with Dalton. However, it does not seem as though Dalton will be the guy who saves multiple jobs in Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy.
Pace has made questionable moves in the past, but one has to believe he is at the point in his tenure with the Bears where he knows this is his last shot. There is not a soul alive who believes Dalton is going to be the answer to Pace keeping his position in Chicago.
To begin with, Dalton might be a solid option to start the season. He may even be a better bridge than Nick Foles would have been. The move feels a lot like trading for Foles a year ago, though.
What’s curious is that Pace had an opportunity to sign Dalton last offseason, but instead chose to trade a fourth rounder to acquire Foles from Jacksonville. Now, a year later, he signs Dalton. It’s definitely a puzzling move, to put it nicely.
Now, the Bears move forward with two veterans in Foles and Dalton. Are they done? Is that their quarterback room for the 2021 season? Again, if that’s what Pace and Nagy are counting on, they’re in for yet another season of mediocrity.
As we are in the thick of NFL free agency and approach the 2021 NFL Draft, we can clearly see there are still options for the Bears at quarterback. There are three specific moves they could make in which Dalton ends up being either a short-term bandaid or even an eventual backup.
Let’s start with the most common question following Dalton’s signing, and that’s the curious case of Nick Foles.