Another free agent quarterback is off the board! The Chicago Bears will move on from Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky officially, as they have signed Andy Dalton to a one-year deal to be the staring quarterback in Chicago.
Dalton is the third free-agent quarterback to have signed to be the starter in the last few days, as the Patriots signed Cam Newton and the Washington Football Team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to be each teams’ respective signal-callers. This deal has helped the Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl odds, as they have already risen from 50:1 to 40:1 to win Super Bowl 56.
Let’s take a look at the deal, and a look at how it has affected the Bears’ chances to win a Super Bowl.
Andy Dalton signs with Chicago Bears
Nothing like a new quarterback in Chicago! Andy Dalton becomes yet another starting quarterback for the Bears, who have seemingly had a merry-go-round of options in the last decade. He signed a one-year deal worth $10M, but can earn an extra $3M in incentives, per Adam Schefter.
Former Cowboys' QB Andy Dalton is signing a one-year, $10 million deal, with the chance to earn another $3 million in incentives, with the Chicago Bears, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021
Before this signing, the Chicago Bears were either looking to have Foles or Trubisky return to be the quarterback, sign a Jameis Winston or a Ryan Fitzpatrick, or play a rookie from the NFL Draft. The Bears have chosen to go the stop-gap route, as they have signed former Cowboys quarterback (and Bengals starter) Andy Dalton to run the ship for at least a year. Dalton’s signing along with the Bears’ other offseason moves have impressed the oddsmakers, as they have moved from +6000 to +5000 to win the Super Bowl at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Dalton is not your traditional backup that can be a starter though, as he has had some success in the NFL. Here’s a look at some highlights from last season, after Dalton took over for the injured Dak Prescott.
Chicago Bears Super Bowl Odds
The Bears’ Super Bowl odds have moved at DraftKings Sportsbook, and in a hurry. Chicago has gone from +6000 to +5000, and have passed over teams like the Football Team, the Vikings, Raiders, Eagles, and more. Here’s a look at the Bears’ Super Bowl odds when they opened this offseason, compared to after the news of the Dalton signing.
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Entering the 2021 NFL offseason, the Bears were given no chance to be in the hunt for top Super Bowl odds. While that still may be true, the Bears’ odds have increased with the signing of Andy Dalton. Does this mean the Bears are done adding quarterbacks to the roster? It does not, as they could add a player in the NFL Draft, as the draft is deep at quarterback.
Keep an eye on the Bears’ odds to win the Super Bowl, and other futures, at DraftKings Sportsbook.
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