Chicago Bears: 5 Veteran quarterbacks who could replace Mitch Trubisky in 2020

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4. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

So this pick isn’t a sexy one. Andy Dalton doesn’t wow you with his play. He is a solid quarterback, however. He has a touchdown percentage of 4.6 percent, compared to Trubisky’s 3.8 percent. Dalton averages about 22 touchdowns per season while Trubisky averages about 13. Reaching the end zone is something Trubisky struggles with. He’s had more than a few red-zone interceptions, especially interceptions in the end zone.

With the Cincinnati Bengals moving into rebuild mode, they no longer need Dalton’s services. They recently benched him to look at what they had with backup Ryan Finley. They currently have the worst record in the NFL so they’ll likely have the top pick in the draft. That pick will probably be a quarterback so Dalton is on the outside looking in.

Dalton still has two years left on a contract that pays him $16.2 million in 2020 and $17.7 million in 2021. The 2021 amount is the lowest non-rookie quarterback deals in the league. There could be a way to lower that, though.

I think the Bengals made a mistake by not trading Dalton at the deadline. They could’ve made a deal and gotten good compensation in return. Now, however, teams know that Dalton is on his way out. Those needing a quarterback could wait out the Bengals until Cincinnati decides to release Dalton. The advantage for the Bengals is that if they cut him they won’t have any dead cap money so they’ll get good cap space relief.

Dalton can come in and compete with Trubisky for the starting job. The winner starts while the loser takes the backup role. I see the Bears taking a quarterback with one of their two second-round picks so that player can be the third-string and sit and learn, the way Trubisky was supposed to when the Bears drafted him.

Dalton isn’t a sexy player but he could be solid for the Bears. He isn’t spectacular but the offense doesn’t need spectacular. It needs someone who can make the basic plays and once in a while make a big play.