The Bears' number one need entering the new league year was a quarterback. It appears the Bears have found their starting quarterback, and his name isn't Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson.
Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bears are expected to sign veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year, $10 million deal for the 2021 season. Adam Schefter of ESPN added that Dalton can earn up to an additional $3 million in incentives.
Dalton spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys, where he was brought in to back up Dak Prescott. When Prescott went down with an injury in Week 4 of the NFL season, Dalton took the reigns for the Cowboys.
In 11 games with Dallas in 2020, Dalton threw for 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Dalton started nine games for the Cowboys last season, having missed time due to an injury of his own.
Despite a tough 2020 season with Dallas, Dalton has been a consistent quarterback over the course of his career. He has two 4,000-yard seasons under his belt and there's only one season in which he threw for fewer than 3,000 yards in Cincinnati. That season he only played 11 games.
He certainly isn't the quarterback Bears fans wanted, but it seems that Dalton is the new signal-caller in Chicago.