Andy Dalton agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the deal can reach $13 million if certain incentives are met.
After weeks of speculation about how Chicago was going to pull off a trade for one of the league’s best quarterbacks, fans were understandably miffed at the final result.
Andy Dalton 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮💩😐😐😐😐💩😐😐😐🤮🤮🤮🤮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😒😒😒😒🤡🤡🤡🤡😯😯😯😯😯🤡🤡🤡🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️#DaBears
— Bill Margelewski (@theRealBigMarge) March 16, 2021
andy dalton and nick foles battling it out in training camp to be the starting qb of the 2021 chicago bears i promise you living isn’t even worth it
— Ben (@BetroTwomin) March 16, 2021
Bears GM Ryan Pace, explaining why he chose to sign Andy Dalton over trading for Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson pic.twitter.com/pKPsguia03
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) March 16, 2021
Thinking you’re getting Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson but actually getting Andy Dalton pic.twitter.com/Y8oZzinsxV
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) March 16, 2021
Remember when I said I would take Andy Dalton over Jay Cutler back in 2014. That was a mistake
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 16, 2021
Allen Robinson driving to the Bears facility knowing Andy Dalton is his quarterback pic.twitter.com/dFp9w6DkNB
— anthony✈️ (@happyjetsfan_) March 16, 2021
“It’s going to be okay. Andy Dalton is going to lose everyone their jobs. We’re going to get a new GM and head coach and finally be able to start over” pic.twitter.com/G7WIlNBdyS
— Red Line Radio (@RedLineRadio) March 16, 2021
But fans weren’t the only frustrated parties. Ex-Bears players were equally perturbed.
— Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) March 16, 2021
For what it’s worth, it sounds like Chicago did try really hard to land Russell Wilson.
Chicago made “a very aggressive pursuit” of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, per sources, and the Bears were told that Seattle is not trading him at this time.
The Bears were one of four teams Wilson’s agent named as a place of interest. Now Chicago has an agreement with Andy Dalton.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021
Last year Dalton went 4-5 in nine games as the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott replacement. He finished with 2,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight picks in the role.
After news of Dalton landing with the Bears came out, their Super Bowl odds promptly decreased from 40/1 to 50/1.
Kevin Durant doesn’t miss. https://t.co/gKmHI7yGne
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 14, 2021