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Bears listed as betting favorite to land Andy Dalton

Bears listed as betting favorite to land Andy Dalton

A little over 24 hours into the NFL legal tampering period things are already heating up. More and more free agent quarterbacks are coming off the board for the Bears, leaving Ryan Pace with only a few big-name options left this offseason. One name in particular that keeps coming up again and again is Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton. 

It had been reported back in February that the Bears had been in touch with Cincinnati about a potential trade for Dalton. Dalton would be a significant cap hit for the Bears ($17.5 million), but comes with the experience the offense is currently lacking under center. But what are the odds the Bears will actually trade for Dalton?

According to one sportsbook, the odds of Dalton landing with Bears currently linger at 3/1, which puts them as the betting favorites. Meanwhile, the odds of Mitch Trubisky starting for the Bears at Week 1 sit at 3/2, with odds of Dalton starting at 3/1.

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Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Cincinnati Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Cincinnati Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

As the Bears look to acquire a veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky, one name that’s been thrown around is Andy Dalton.

According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bears have “been in touch” with the Cincinnati Bengals regarding a potential Dalton trade.

Dalton comes with a hefty cap hit ($17.5 million) and is only under contract through 2020 but Trubisky being on his rookie deal would help the Bears stomach his salary. The 32-year-old threw for 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season, sporting a 78.3 passer rating.

Adding Dalton would give the Bears insurance in case Trubisky’s 2019 struggles persist next season. Dalton is an established veteran who is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The two worked together from 2016 to 2018 when Lazor was Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach (2016) and offensive coordinator (2017-18).

Dehner’s report doesn't offer any specific packages the Bears and Bengals have discussed. However, barring a surprise, Cincinnati will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in two months. Considering Burrow is set to become the Bengals’ quarterback of the future, trading Dalton will give him the chance to play elsewhere.

The Bears have made it clear that Trubisky is entering 2020 as their starter. However, someone like Dalton could usurp him if the former No. 2 overall pick can’t find his footing this season.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Good things happen when the Bears open up the playbook

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Good things happen when the Bears open up the playbook

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) and Danny Parkins (670 The Score) join Kap on the panel. The Bears actually win a football game. So was Sunday’s huge victory over the Bengals a sign of things to come with Mitch Trubisky? Legendary Chicago sportswriter Fred Mitchell joins the panel to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss if Brandon Morrow will struggle next year because of his heavy usage.

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