Rightfully so, Chicago Bears fans are not excited about this acquisition. Dalton has not had a winning record since 2015, and he hasn’t been to a Pro-Bowl since 2016.
Last season, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards (197 yards per game), 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Meanwhile, he led the Dak Prescott-less Cowboys to a 4-5 record and failed to lead them to a playoff berth in the weakest division in the NFL, the NFC East.
After the trade talks between the Bears and the Seattle Seahawks for Russell Wilson fell through, the Bears ineffectively panicked — seeing that other free agents like Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick signed deals — and took Dalton for $7 million more than he made last year.
I will be starting a #BeNiceToAndy campaign. It’s not Andy Dalton’s fault Ryan Pace is incompetent. So let’s do it.
This move by the Bears, while awful, despicable, and a typical motif for the Bears should be celebrated as the beginning of the end for head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace. Plus, the saved capital and personnel will be vital for the inevitable rebuild.
Here are three reasons why the Dalton signing left fans with some positives.