Report: Bears Targeting Dalton, Foles In Trade

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(670 The Score) The Bears are working many angles in their search for a quarterback.
The Bears are focused on a trade for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton or Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles, Ed Werder of ESPN reported Monday afternoon. That news came after word surfaced earlier that the Bears had contract discussions with free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, according to Pro Football Talk. Since then, the NFL Network reported that a deal is unlikely to be reached between the Bears and Bridgewater.

Adding Dalton or Foles would give the Bears an established veteran competitor for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who struggled in 2019 and is entering the final season of his rookie contract.

The Bears would be align Dalton or Foles with familiarity inside Halas Hall should a trade be finalized. Dalton previously worked with new Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who served on the Bengals' staff from 2016-'18. Foles played in Jacksonville last season under new Chicago quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who was previously the Jaguars' offensive coordinator. 

The Bengals are motivated to deal Dalton because they're in line to draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft in April. The 32-year-old Dalton has been Cincinnati's starting quarterback for the last nine seasons. He has earned Pro Bowl honors three times and led the Bengals to the playoffs four times.

Foles, 31, signed a four-year, $88-million deal with the Jaguars last offseason. He suffered a broken left clavicle in the regular-season opener and started just four games last season before being benched in December.

Dalton or Foles would likely be tasked with competing against Trubisky for the starting job. The Bears have offered their support publicly for Trubisky this offseason but also admitted their desire to add competition. Dalton and Foles both represent that.

Signings and trades can't become official until the new league year begins Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.