Despite having veteran signal-callers like Andy Dalton and Nick Foles on their roster, the Chicago Bears addressed the future by selecting Ohio State's Justin Fields with the No. 11 pick at the draft. It may be a while before we see Fields in action, but Bears fans are encouraged knowing that their present and future quarterback needs are being looked after.
Here's a look at the Bears' updated QB depth chart for 2021.
Bears QB Depth Chart 2021
1. Andy Dalton
The Bears signed former Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton to a one-year, $10 million contract at the start of the offseason. A big reason why Dalton agreed to the deal was that the Bears ensured that he'd be the team's starting quarterback in 2021. Considering how he's racked up over 33,000 yards and 218 touchdowns in 10 seasons, Dalton should be a reliable stopgap until Fields is ready for the spotlight.
2. Nick Foles
Not every team has a Super Bowl MVP as their backup quarterback, but the Bears do with Nick Foles. He's scheduled to make about $6.6 million this season, but the Bears can opt-out of his contract at the end of 2021. Still, having a backup like Foles isn't a bad idea. He threw for 1,852 passing yards and 10 TDs in seven starts last season. If Fields isn't ready to play next season, the Bears will at least have Foles as a backup option.
3. Justin Fields
At one point, Justin Fields was in consideration as a potential top-three pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Obviously, things didn't happen that way, but the Bears must be thrilled to have gotten him where they did. Fields has all the makings of a future starting quarterback. He had 5,373 passing yards and 63 touchdowns with Ohio State over the course of two seasons. The league better be on notice if he can even remotely translate that into NFL success.
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