Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton to New England Patriots Trade Scenarios
The New England Patriots have been rumored to be interested in Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Here, we look at potential trade scenarios between the two.
The Cincinnati Bengals rarely make trades. That much is clear from their inactivity during the trade deadline last year. Duke Tobin’s comments on the franchise’s philosophy in relation to trades make it seem unlikely the team will suddenly change their ways and start getting aggressive in that aspect.
However, Tobin also stated they want to do right by Andy Dalton this off-season as his future with the franchise has turned uncertain. Assuming Dalton is not content with being a bridge quarterback next season, he’ll want to be dealt.
The Bengals have a good relationship with the New England Patriots franchise. On the rare occasion they do make a trade, Bill Belichick and company have often been involved. So, the connection between the veteran quarterback and the Patriots makes sense.
Belichick had this to say regarding trade transactions with the Bengals,
"“Mike (Brown) got the better of most of those trades. Like Ocho Cinco. I’ve got a lot of respect for Duke (Tobin) and Mike, the whole organization. They’re football people. They’re straight up. You get straight answers. They’re interested or they’re not. There’s not wasted time. I really respect that.”"
The mutual respect between the two organizations makes the Patriots one of the most likely landing spots for Dalton. Assuming Tom Brady moves on from New England, here are three trade scenarios the front office could strike.