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NFC North free agency news: Bears denied Russell Wilson trade, settle on Andy Dalton

LOL, Bears.

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If you’re one to enjoy a little schadenfreude, you’ve probably been keeping a close eye on the Chicago Bears’ quarterback situation. It’s pretty clear they’re planning on moving on from former first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky, and despite their desperation to find his replacement, they’ve been coming up empty at every turn.

Until Tuesday, the Bears finally found their new savior.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Bears’ search is finally over, as they are signing...

*dramatic drum roll even though you already read the title of this article*

Andy Dalton.

Yes, career passer rating of 87.5, Andy Dalton.

Per Tom Pelissero, the deal is a one-year, $10 million contract with incentives that could bring it to $13 million. It’s not a big deal, but it’s one that is serious enough that Dalton could contend for the starting job with Nick Foles in 2021.

Dalton spent last year starting most of the year for the Dallas Cowboys after Dak Prescott suffered his serious foot injury. In those nine starts, Dalton averaged just 6.5 yards per attempt to go with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions and a passer rating of 87.3.

But the schadenfreude goes even deeper, because apparently the Bears made a desperate play for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who—through his agent—indicated he would waive his no-trade clause for Chicago. But the Bears were firmly denied by Seattle.

Bad news for the Bears, but chin up, Ditka lovers. At least you don’t have a former Chicago Bears player who is still in the NFC North laughing at you today.

Oh... nevermind.