The Chicago Bears send Andy Dalton to the Seattle Seahawks for a 6th round pick.
Acquiring Andy Dalton just never made much sense. The Bears had overpaid for a similar caliber quarterback in Nick Foles the previous year. They also drafted Justin Fields who was seemingly going to take over sooner than later.
Even though the move was criticized by many, a one-year 10 million dollar deal seemed reasonable until the Bears added void years to his contract.
Those void years added a 5 million dollar cap hit in 2022 whether they cut him or not. While that number isn’t huge, it’s still a percentage of the large amount of dead money that the Bears owe next season.
If they trade him this year, they won’t be charged with that dead money in 2022. So, like the Hicks move, trading Dalton is more about creating cap room than getting anything substantial in return.
The Seahawks have probably seen enough of Geno Smith to realize he isn’t keeping their season alive. Maybe an obvious upgrade in Dalton could.
We have to remember that Dalton was not benched because of performance, nor was bad when he played. He is probably one of the only backups that could make the most out of Seattle’s situation and keep the ship above water until Russel Wilson’s return.