It’s a sobering morning for Bears followers waking as much as the truth that Andy Dalton will probably be the workforce’s beginning quarterback in 2021. Pictures of Russell Wilson dominating in navy blue and orange at the moment are changed with the acceptance of mediocrity — however that doesn’t imply Chicago didn’t strive the whole lot to commerce for Wilson.
The Bears had been on a brief checklist of groups Wilson was reportedly open to be traded to, so it appeared a case of whether or not the Seahawks had been keen to budge, and what Chicago was ready to surrender. Now it’s reported that the workforce was providing a king’s ransom. In response to Dan Patrick, the Bears provided:
- Three first spherical picks
- One third spherical decide
- Two beginning gamers
This may have been the biggest participant commerce in latest reminiscence, a league-defining transfer Chicago clearly thought would take them from fringe playoff workforce to potential Tremendous Bowl winner. The fact of that risk is up for debate, however it’s moot. The Seahawks didn’t settle for the supply, and seem like rolling into the season with Wilson as starter, making an attempt to make restore the fractured relationship with the quarterback, and make amends for his or her errors.
Giving Chicago credit score for this extends solely so far as pushing their chips to the center of the desk. Signing Dalton as their alternate choice underscores how dysfunctional the Bears entrance workplace has been in relation to discovering quarterbacks. To this finish the buck begins and ends with GM Ryan Tempo, whose tenure with Chicago has been marred by missteps whereas looking for passers.
The core problem is that this: If Tempo and the Bears ever actually believed Dalton might be “the man” they’d have pursued him a yr in the past. As an alternative the workforce elected to commerce for Nick Foles, a horrible transfer for a man now poised to be their backup. In the meantime Dalton signed a 1-year, $3M cope with Dallas final season. Now the Bears have signed Dalton, paying him over thrice what he made with the Cowboys, and shedding a fourth spherical decide within the commerce for Foles.
Chicago has develop into a revolving door for quarterbacks since Tempo took over the entrance workplace in 2015. Taking up on the tail finish of the Jay Cutler period, Tempo traded as much as draft Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 general decide, who’s now a free agent after his rookie contract. Additionally they signed Mike Glennon and Chase Daniels, each failing. Buying and selling for Foles and now signing Dalton is simply the icing on a particularly disappointing cake no person needs to eat.
Usually I’d say Bears followers can look on the intense aspect and at the least be assured the workforce didn’t mortgage your entire future, even when lacking out on Wilson is a bummer, however there’s no proof the Chicago entrance workplace may do something of observe with these picks anyway. Outdoors of David Montgomery in 2019 the Bears have struggled to search out any assistance on offense within the draft in recent times.
Merely put: It’s a multitude.