Chicago Bears agree to one-year deal with QB Andy Dalton

Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears signed veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year deal on Tuesday, multiple outlets reported.

The deal is worth $10 million, with ESPN reporting another $3 million is available in incentives.

The Bears reportedly were in pursuit of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, but turned to Dalton when the Seahawks decided to not trade their seven-time Pro Bowl selection.

Dalton is the latest veteran being brought into solidify the Bears’ quarterback position. The team signed Nick Foles last offseason to compete with Mitch Trubisky, but the decision proved ineffective.

Foles went 2-5 as a starter after taking over in during a Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons, passing for 10 touchdowns on the season with eight interceptions.

Trubisky started the first three games, then regained the job in Week 12. He rallied the Bears to victories in three of their last four games to earn a spot in the playoffs, where they were eliminated by the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round.

The Bears declined to pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year option, making him a free agent.

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Dalton took over as the Dallas Cowboys starter after Dak Prescott came away with a gruesome ankle injury in a Week 5 game against the New York Giants. The 33-year old went 4-5 as the Cowboys starter, passing for 2,170 yards with 14 TDs and eight interceptions in 11 games (nine starts).

In 10 career seasons, Dalton has passed for 33,764 yards and 218 touchdowns with 126 interceptions. He played his first nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after he was a second-round draft pick in 2011 out of TCU.

–Field Level Media