(670 The Score) The Bears and Saints have essentially swapped backup quarterbacks.
As the Bears officially announced the signing of backup quarterback Trevor Siemian on a two-year deal Tuesday, his former team, the New Orleans Saints, agreed with former Chicago backup Andy Dalton on a one-year contract, according to ESPN.
Dalton, 34, played in eight games for the Bears last season. He completed 63.1% of his passes for 1,515 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Dalton opened the season as Chicago's starter but reverted to the backup role after suffering a knee injury in the second game, with then-rookie Justin Fields stepping into the starting job.
Dalton played the first eight years of his NFL career with the Bengals and spent 2020 as the Cowboys' backup quarterback. He's expected to serve as the Saints' backup quarterback behind projected starter Jameis Winston, whom New Orleans signed to a two-year deal.
Siemian, 30, was the Saints' backup quarterback in 2021. He played in six games, completing 57.4% of his passes for 1,154 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Bears signed Siemian to serve as their backup behind Fields. Chicago is hoping to trade reserve quarterback Nick Foles, general manager Ryan Poles told reporters at the NFL's owners meetings in Florida on Monday.
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