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Bears QB Andy Dalton gets new weapon in Marquise Goodwin

Bears, Marquise Goodwin, Andy Dalton

Well, it looks like the Chicago Bears are going all in on new first-string quarterback Andy Dalton.

After a (serviceable?) year stepping up for the Dallas Cowboys after Dak Prescott went down to a season-ending ankle injury, Dalton was picked up by the Bears in free agency to replace both Nick Foles and Mitch Trubisky as the team’s starting quarterback. The move was largely met with skepticism from both fans and analysts alike, with several high-profile quarterbacks presumably on the move (Chicago was in the running for Sam Darnold, now with the Carolina Panthers), but the team must have seen something in Dalton.

Despite one high-profile domino still to fall (Deshaun Watson) and multiple high draft picks possibly for sale, with at least the Atlanta Falcons taking calls, the Bears are seemingly ready to hedge their bets on Dalton. Aside from franchise tagging star wideout Allen Robinson, the Bears also opted to get Dalton more help in the form of WR Marquise Goodwin, per NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Marquise Goodwin spent the 2020 season out of the spotlight, opting out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But he is still one of the fastest receivers in the league, and at age 30, he should add the best of both worlds in athleticism and veteran presence. Robinson and Anthony Miller are fine deep threats, but Goodwin will immediately be at least a problem in the slot and there won’t be many dump off options and safety valves in the league. This is good news for Andy Dalton, who, at his best, was neither mobile nor very bold with his decision making.

At the very least, Bears head coach Matt Nagy will have a corps of playmakers on offense, even if its just at one position.