Chicago Bears: FA additions at these positions should not impact the draft
The Chicago Bears cannot ignore the quarterback position in the draft again
Obviously, Andy Dalton is the clear favorite to be the Chicago Bears starting quarterback. Matt Nagy doesn’t seem to trust Nick Foles based on what took place last season. This is as much on Nagy though as it is on Foles.
That said, I was never sold on Foles being anything and thought trading a fourth-round pick for him was a mistake — even if I was able to justify the decision in ways that made sense. My offseason target last year was Jameis Winston, just as it was this year. Winston brings more upside than any other quarterback that was available in my opinion. Not to mention, he obviously did not have a problem taking a short-term, inexpensive contract last year.
Now, the New Orleans Saints had him on their roster behind Drew Brees last season and brought him back again this year. Andy Dalton was not the move I wanted the Bears to make, but looking at who was still available, Dalton makes some sense despite my initial rage.
Personally, I would have been happier had they brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick (or Winston as previously stated), but outside of a trade, there were not many other options. No, do not say Cam Newton.
Now, the Chicago Bears have Andy Dalton and Nick Foles on the roster. I am still holding out hope that the team somehow moves Foles in a trade — even if only for a sixth-rounder. The thing is, Foles’ contract is very team-friendly as he is only about to make $6.66 million in 2021 and will be an easy cut candidate in 2022 no matter which team he is on.
Just like with cornerback, the Chicago Bears should still address the quarterback position in the 2021 NFL Draft. The team will not likely land a top-five quarterback as it looks as though all five will go in the first 10 picks. This should not deter the Bears from taking the likes of Kyle Trask, Kellen Mond or Davis Mills with either their second or third-round pick.