Bengals: 3 teams Andy Dalton could take to the playoffs in 2020
By Steve Rivera
This is, in my opinion, the best option for Andy Dalton. The Oakland Raiders are not sold on Derek Carr long term and probably aren’t ready to go full-on rookie quarterback to kick off the Las Vegas era. That said, with two picks in the first round, they certainly have some options.
They also have cap space, in the area of $70.5 million, and with the Raiders in need of a receiver, and a free agent class and draft class deep at that position, Dalton and the Las Vegas Raiders could be in prime position.
If the Raiders were to acquire Dalton, they would be free to draft the linebacker and the wide receiver position in the first round. After Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, and Justin Herbert, the Raiders might not want to reach at QB if they don’t have to, especially with their first pick in round one the twelfth pick.
Head coach Jon Gruden likes a smart and experienced veteran. It’s also no secret that Carr and Gruden seemed to grow apart as December wore on. The last five games of the season saw Oakland go 1-4 and struggle to score in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders, like New England and Indianapolis, play in a winnable division. While the AFC West looks to be all Kansas City, the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos have all kinds of issues.
Andy Dalton is a quarterback Gruden can work with, and having finished at 7-9, they are a quarterback away from challenging the Chiefs for the division.