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Report: Andy Dalton to sign with Chicago

Andy Dalton lands in Chicago with a good chance to start in 2021.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass against the New York Giants in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have been looking for a new starting quarterback this off season, but they’ve been striking out. They have now landed on ex-Bengals and Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. His contract, according to Ian Rapoport, will be for one-year at $10 million that could boost to $13 million with incentives.

Dalton, the longtime starter for the Bengals, was let go after the team picked Joe Burrow with the number one overall pick in last seasons draft. He ended up landing in Dallas as Dak Prescott’s backup and ended up starting in nine games. He was awful to start and dealt with injuries and COVID-19, but he did end up playing better as the season went on.

In his final seven games after returning from the COVID-19 list, he helped the team to a 4-3 record, completing 65% of his passes for and average 245 yards while throwing 13 touchdowns to five interceptions and a 95.1 rating.

The Bears can’t seem to get a quarterback who can elevate their team and help them into the playoffs. Dalton is someone who can manage a run-first unit backed by a good defense and it looks like he will get a good chance to lead the team in Week 1. Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles are wildcards at this point, but the expectation is that Trubisky will end up being traded.