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Report: Cowboys QB Andy Dalton expected to join Chicago Bears on one-year, $10M deal

The Red Rifle is headed to the Windy City.

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When we look back on the 2020 Dallas Cowboys season, well, we probably won’t be looking back on it all too often. This past year was a horror show for America’s Team as they suffered injury after injury and lost game after game. Ultimately they were a bit competitive down the stretch, partly thanks to some sub-par opponents, but once Dak Prescott went down in Week 5 their serious hopes at competing were dashed.

None of that seemed to matter to Andy Dalton, though. Dallas signed the Red Rifle, finally paying legitimate attention to the backup quarterback position in a year where it would actually come into serious play. Dalton played admirably for the Cowboys in his nine starts and even won four games, but it was generally felt that a return home to DFW wasn’t something that was going to be a long-term thing for him.

Andy Dalton is headed to the Chicago Bears

Word surfaced on Monday when the legal tampering period in the NFL opened that the Dallas Cowboys would be interested in keeping Andy Dalton if the money was right, but it was also reported that Dalton had multiple suitors. He was serviceable filling in for Dak Prescott and put up a few games with impressive numbers. It makes sense that another NFL team would be interested in him.

Thankfully for Dalton there are always quarterback situations in the National Football League that are in flux. The Chicago Bears have the ultimate question mark at the game’s ultimate position and now have the Red Rifle to help figure things out.

Chicago has been trying to make Mitchell Trubisky their full-time starter for four years now, but things just haven’t taken. Obviously they are hoping that Andy Dalton can be the bridge they need until they get their long-term answer.

This isn’t a gigantic financial commitment to Dalton, but it is certainly sizable. Perhaps Dalton can truly become the Bears starting quarterback and if he does net the Cowboys another compensatory pick as they seem to be on the way to receiving for Cam Erving and/or Chidobe Awuzie.