Chicago Bears: 3 reasons to trade Andy Dalton before deadline

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The Chicago Bears have entered the future, and it is oh, so bright.

Head coach Matt Nagy finally took the advice of literally the entire sports world and named Justin Fields his starting quarterback going forward.

The controversy is over. The wishy-washy answers in regards to who will start under center each week are long gone. The fact is, this probably wasn’t even Nagy’s decision to begin with. But, he made it — and we are finally through with the ridiculousness that was Nagy’s “plan.”

Now, it’s truly all about Fields. The Bears have clearly been more fired up when he’s out there, the offense has been better, and now that it’s a done deal, this team can focus on competing. But, what about Andy Dalton?

Should the Chicago Bears entertain the idea of trading quarterback Andy Dalton?

It’s a fair question. For the past few weeks, all we’ve seen Dalton and Fields bring is nothing but controversy — and not by their own fault.

Dalton can clearly still offer a team something, and maybe even as a starter. He’s not totally done, but the fact is, Fields is blatantly better. Maybe out of fairness to Dalton, the Bears could try and find him a new home.

The 2021 NFL trade deadline is set for November 2, and general manager Ryan Pace has already made one move this week, acquiring wide receiver and return specialist Jakeem Grant. I don’t think the Bears are done making moves yet, especially now with Fields locked and loaded as their starter.

There is reason to believe Chicago could look to trade Dalton at this point. In fact, there are a few reasons why it makes so much sense, starting with a very simple one.