The Chicago Bears and quarterback Andy Dalton have consented to a one-year, $10 million arrangement, with the possibility for the quarterback to procure another $3 million in incentives, sources disclosed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
Chicago made “a very aggressive pursuit” of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, sources said, yet the Bears were informed that Seattle isn’t exchanging him as of now.
The Bears were one of four groups Wilson’s agent recently revealed to Schefter the quarterback would acknowledge an exchange to, the others being the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders. Dallas gave Dak Prescott an augmentation a week ago, while New Orleans on Monday consented to an arrangement to bring back Jameis Winston. The Saints likewise have pay cap gives that would make it hard to ingest Wilson’s $19 million base salary for 2021.
Wilson has a no-trade clause that he would need to defer to be dealt. The Seahawks would likewise ingest $39 million in dead cash, all of which would represent a mark against their salary cap this year on the off chance that they exchanged Wilson before June 1.
Dalton, 33, went through 2020 with the Cowboys following a nine-year run as the Cincinnati Bengals’ starter.
Endorsed as the reinforcement, Dalton was squeezed into obligation when Prescott endured a disengaged and compound crack of his correct lower leg in Week 5 against the New York Giants.
In nine beginnings (11 appearances), Dalton had a 4-5 record, tossing for 2,170 yards and 14 scores, with eight interceptions. He had his best appearing in a Week 16 win against the Philadelphia Eagles, tossing for 377 yards and three scores.
Dalton had some health problems of his own during the season, missing a game subsequent to enduring a concussion against the Washington Football Team. The next week, he was put on the save/COVID-19 list.
Toward the finish of the season, Dalton said his hope was to discover a spot as a starter, and mentor Mike McCarthy and hostile organizer Kellen Moore said he had shown enough to warrant thought from teams.
He gets that opportunity in Chicago. Albeit the Bears made the postseason with a 8-8 imprint, the group got deadened play at quarterback when both Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky were offered oportunities to begin.
Trubisky is presently a free specialist after Chicago chose not for get his fifth-year choice on the previous No. 2 by and large pick in front of last season. Foles is as yet in the group’s roster.
After the Bengals chose Joe Burrow with the No. 1 generally speaking pick in the 2020 NFL draft, Dalton got extra and was delivered by Cincinnati. He posted a 74-66-2 record as the Bengals’ starter, taking the establishment to the end of the season games multiple times yet not dominating a postseason match. He was additionally named to the Pro Bowl multiple times.
The Bears likewise are bringing back hostile lineman Germain Ifedi on a one-year, $5 million deal, a source told Schefter. The arrangement incorporates a $4.25 million base compensation.
Ifedi, 26, started his career with the Seahawks prior to joining the Bears on a one-year bargain a year ago.