Let's clarify, the theory doesn't say, "Cut him now." The idea would be to cut him before the compensatory pick deadline, which I believe would be around week 4 of the season (someone can fact check me on that).
Pretty sure it is cut before week 9.
Just going off the Mike Davis cut the Bears did in Nov 9th 2019. The reporters said he need to be gone before the Nov 11th game.
Bears can hold Dalton for half the season as the coal mine canary to make sure the offensive line can function, cut him to get the comp pick back, and since Dalton is guaranteed 2.5 million for the season, probably save some money.
A deal like that almost makes me want to get a #14 jersey. Almost.
My gut feeling is that the OL will be pretty solid this year. But that being said, I love that coal mine canary analogy. LOL. Just make Dalton trot out there as the canary guy behind the 2021 OL and watch to see if he survives :-)
Another one could be a crash dummy... just try to picture this dummy with red Dalton hair :-)
I think we are going to find out that Field's is NFL ready from day 1.
I think it is going to be tough to keep him off the field for too long. Doesn't mean he will have all the vet savvy that Dalton does but he's clearly the higher-ceiling, higher-talent player.
Hoge and Jahns had an interesting podcast from last month I listened to during a plane ride recently talking about this very issue. There are very very few 1st round QBs, especially those with his level of college experience, who "sit for a year" anymore. And it almost never happens unless there's already an elite franchise starter in place who is still lighting it up. That's what happened in Mahomes' rookie year (Alex Smith BALLED that season). Unless the Bears are winning games and showing a good O with Dalton under center, the pressure to start Fields will quickly build to an irresistible level.
I'm still hoping for a way the Bears can trade either Dalton or Foles and get some small level of compensation but that will likely require another team to have a major injury at QB1 or QB2.
I am of the sit for a bit camp but like MP says. I think it will be tough to keep him off the field.
I also saw a tweat my PFF recently and thought I would post it here. I know it is PFF but I think they do a bit more of Football then the average meathead fan like myself.