Bears Super Bowl Odds Fall Immediately After Signing Andy Dalton
Jokes aside, most Bears fans were extremely disappointed to learn the news, especially after the Bears had been linked to Russell Wilson for weeks.
Instead, Chicago offered Dalton a$ 10 million deal with an additional$ 3 million in incentives. Next season, Dalton was a free agent, but the Bears chose to trade Nick Foles for him.
Then, it appears that they did possess both.
Keep in mind that Dalton spent$ 3 million season signing with the Cowboys. The Bears more than tripled his salary in a year where cap space is valuable after going 4 – 5 and averageveraging 6.5 yards per pass attempt in Dallas with strong receivers.
The oddsmakers at William Hill Sportsbook were quick to adjust to the news.
William Hill extends the Bears’ 2021 Super Bowl conflict
The Bears had a 40 / 1 chance of winning the William Hill Super Bowl going into the day.
They are 50 / 1 now that Dalton has signed.
Chicago is also 50/1 at the other Illinois sportsbooks: DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers and Barstool. They are 45/1 at PointsBet.
It’s simple to criticize Dalton as an uninteresting quarterback choice, but the doubt is probably more related to what the Bears aren’t getting.
Adam Schefter of ESPN & rsquo delivered this Wilson nugget in response to the Dalton news:
According to sources, Seattle” made a pretty hostile following” of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, and the Bears were informed that Seattle is not currently trading him.
Wilson’s representative listed four groups as potential points of interest, including the Bears. Chicago currently has a contract with Andy Dalton.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021
The Bears seemed like the most probable location if Wilson was going to be traded.
Schefter is also making references to the Cowboys, Raiders and Saints in the post.
The Cowboys next awarded Dak Prescott a sizable deal, while Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill received new contracts from the Saints. Nevertheless, Las Vegas appears happy with Derek Carr.
Either that left Chicago, or there was no trade in all. Barring a shift, Wilson appears to be staying put.
Why Chicago & rsquo’s Super Bowl hopes are bleak without Wilson
The Bears lost 8-8 last time, and given their cap situation and draft position, there aren’t many options for improvement besides making a significant quarterback move.
It’s difficult to imagine why the Chicago Bears will become better in 2021 given how doubtful a major trade appears to be.
Dalton is the only new player the Bears have signed in free agency. And by the numbers, he was worse than Mitchell Trubisky in 2020.
In the upcoming NFL Draft, the Bears did pick 20th, which is probably not large enough to land an impact quarterback. Also if they trade up for one, a rookie quarterback is unlikely to lead them to anything noteworthy in 2021.
If a quarterback happens to fall to No. 20, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Alabama’s Mac Jones are two names to keep an eye on.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace was reportedly at Lance’s pro day, and even met with Seahawks top football executive John Schneider about a Wilson deal while there.
Sean Desai, the new defensive coordinator for Chicago, may be able to guide a gifted team back to the top of the protective rankings.
However, there is little evidence to suggest that the act may be good or even common.
Same story, unique season, fans of the Bears.