Chicago Bears: Reviewing just how bad Ryan Pace was this offseason

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Not many were happy with Andy Dalton being signed by the Chicago Bears

I want to keep this section short and sweet, but it’s difficult to ignore. As I stated, the Andy Dalton signing in my opinion is not what caused Kyle Fuller to be released. I have seen plenty of fans all over the board on this one. A few like the signing but question why Ryan Pace can never remain patient. Had he been patient in 2020, Dalton may have been signed last year as opposed to trading a fourth-round pick for Nick Foles. Dalton signed for $7 million with the Cowboys last year.

The Chicago Bears are now in a QB conundrum. With the inability to trade Nick Foles (let’s hope they still do before the trade deadline) this offseason, the team will have to carry three quarterbacks on the active roster each week.

Not to mention they are paying more in salary cap to Nick Foles who is their third-string quarterback. Combined, the Bears are only paying $15.1 million to the quarterback position. That is the 13th-most in the NFL this year. Luckily, they have Justin Fields on his rookie deal because honestly, this does not look awful in the grand scheme of things. That said, most of the teams paying significantly more have top-tier quarterbacks no longer on rookie contracts.

For those saying that the Chicago Bears should have stuck with Nick Foles knowing they were going to trade up for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, well, then you had better also have been more than comfortable rolling out with Foles as the starting quarterback in 2021 as there are never any guarantees of finding a trade partner in order to move up for a player you want. Ryan Pace brought in Dalton as an insurance policy. It’s not great, but this is also not Pace’s downfall this offseason.