Andy Dalton is Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback, per coach Nagy

Bears head coach Matt Nagy told reporters Sunday that long-time Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton will be Chicago's No. 1 quarterback when organized team activities start next week, despite an impressive rookie minicamp from first-round draft pick and former Ohio State Buckeyes standout Justin Fields.

"Andy is the starter," Nagy said. "Andy's going to get the one reps."

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton walks off the field after their NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 27. 2020. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

The Bears are scheduled to face the Bengals in Chicago during Week 2 of the 2021 season. The Enquirer's Tyler Dragon predicted a Cincinnati win at Soldier Field.

Dalton, who entered this offseason as a free agent after playing last season with the Dallas Cowboys, told reporters in March that one of the reasons he agreed to terms with Chicago on a one-year deal reportedly worth for $10 million - with the chance to earn another $3 million in incentives - was that the Bears told him he will start for them.

Dalton and the Cowboys routed the Bengals, 30-7, in December.

The Bears selected Fields 11th overall in last month's draft, casting doubt about how long Dalton might be Chicago's starter.

In March, the Bears tweeted a photo of Dalton - with accompanying text that simply said "QB1."

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