After weeks of speculation (and consternation) the Bears have finally found their starting quarterback for the 2021 season. A 10-year veteran who most made his name with the Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton will be Chicago’s man under center this coming fall, following the signing of a one-year, $10 million contract on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the 33-year-old was introduced in a press conference with reporters.
A few highlights from the no-doubt, exciting kick-off of a bright new era under center.
In regards to the Bears’ plans for Dalton come late July (whom you should always trust):
"They told me I was the starter."— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) March 18, 2021
-- Andy Dalton, Bears QB
What Dalton thinks of preliminary reactions to his addition from Bears fans (the man definitely reads Twitter):
"I know there's a lot of talk..." - Andy Dalton on the reaction of fans to the signing. #Bears— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) March 18, 2021
The reason Dalton understands that his welcome might not be, well ... kind, to say the least. (Again, the man surely reads social media. Heaven knows why.)
Andy Dalton said he was aware of the #Bears trying to land Russell Wilson. Seems to know the mood of the city as a result.— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) March 18, 2021
And of the looming receiver situation that probably determines whether Dalton enjoys any semblance of “success” in Chicago? Good omens all around!
Andy Dalton says he hasn't talked to WR Allen Robinson yet. #Bears— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) March 18, 2021
If you were concerned about missing this electric introduction due to, you know, life, I’m certain Mike Glennon and Nick Foles press conference replays are available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Isn’t technology grand?
Folks, have no fear: The Red Rifle is only just getting started.