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Chicago Bears Super Bowl odds take hit after signing of Andy Dalton

Chicago Bears sign Andy Dalton
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Apparently, the Chicago Bears’ brass did not get the memo. Offseason moves are supposed to increase a teams’ odds of winning the title. This did not happen after Chicago signed veteran journeyman quarterback Andy Dalton away from the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday.

In fact, William Hill Sports Book put out new numbers after reports of the signing became public record. The Chicago Bears Super Bowl odds decreased from 40-1 to 50-1. That’s not a typo.

Coming off yet another mediocre eight-win season, there was some hope that Chicago’s brass might be able to add either Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson in a blockbuster trade. In fact, Chicago was centrally focused on Wilson after reports of a major rift between the quarterback and his Seattle Seahawks organization.

Instead, Chicago signed a veteran quarterback who is a half-decade removed from playing at a Pro Bowl level. It’s akin to reaching for a Maserati and landing a Fort Pinto you need to hot-wire to start.

But let’s be honest for a second here, these Bears were never going to be title contenders in 2021. That’s true even if the team added either Wilson or Watson to the mix. There’s major issues on both sides of the ball with head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace firmly on the hot seat.

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How can the Chicago Bears Super Bowl odds improve?

Chicago Bears Super Bowl odds
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears fans cheer in the second half of the game against the New York Giants at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that’s the million-dollar question for the duo we mentioned above. Perhaps, Chicago is able to trade Nick Foles. That would create enough space in the quarterback room for either Wilson or Watson.

Remember, Dalton is only earning a base salary of $10 million in 2021. While that’s top-end backup quarterback money, Deshaun Watson’s cap hit of $10 million makes it possible to fit both in under the NFL salary cap should another sad-sack team actually trade for Foles.

What we do know is that these Bears have not improved under center despite moving off former No. 2 pick Mitchell Trubisky. It’s going to lead to another sad fall and winter in the Windy City. Be prepared, Bears fans.

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