Chicago Bears: Quarterback storylines are buzzing at NFL Combine

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Chicago Bears, Andy Dalton
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Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

If the Bears do not end up with Carr, one of the other options would be to trade for Cincinnati Bengals veteran Andy Dalton. Just this weekend, a report came out per The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. stating that the Bears had been in contact with the Bengals about a Dalton trade.

If that is the case, my first question is what exactly the Bears would have to give up in order to land Dalton. Dalton is a step below a guy like Carr, but in a tier just ahead of Trubisky, in my opinion. If Chicago only had to part with, say, a fifth rounder, that would be ideal — nothing less.

Dalton would absolutely be an upgrade over Trubisky, but would he be enough to help the Bears win big games? That’s the huge question, and a reason why I’d prefer Carr over Dalton.

Over his career, Dalton has thrown 25 or more touchdowns in four of nine seasons. Two of those seasons came over his first three years in the league, however. Like Carr, though, Dalton has thrown over 4,000 yards twice in his career.

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One stat which sticks out to me: Dalton has thrown 12 or more interceptions in six seasons. He’s also not too mobile, similar to Carr.

I would be happy to see him come in and compete, nonetheless. He would be an upgrade and should be the starter by Week 4, no later.

Oh, and one more thing: New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor knows Dalton very well from their time spent together in Cincy.