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Where does Andy Dalton stack up against available QB’s in 2020?

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CINCINNATI, OHIO - DECEMBER 29: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for a touchdown during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - DECEMBER 29: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for a touchdown during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 06: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the New Orleans Saints is congratulated by Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after his team was defeated by th New Orleans Saints 31 – 24 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 06: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the New Orleans Saints is congratulated by Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after his team was defeated by th New Orleans Saints 31 – 24 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

Quarterbacks like Jameis Winston or Teddy Bridgewater are significantly different comparisons. Winston is 26 yrs while Bridgewater is 27, and there’s little to indicate that teams looking at either versus Dalton would sway the vote to Dalton.

At 32, it’s very logical a team would be looking at a shorter contract and more of a “win-now” plan. Both Winston and Bridgewater are likely to be viewed as quarterbacks that an organization can still build around for years to come. Of the three, Bridgewater is the better investment hands down. Despite the injury he suffered in Minnesota, his play in New Orleans was significant, so much so that a few in the media speculated if it was unwise to go back to Brees.

Winston, on the other hand, moves ahead of Dalton only because of youth and the potential upside. The Tampa quarterback has shown the kind of erratic tendencies that will raise eyebrows. He can throw for a lot of yards, and also throw a lot to the opposing defensive backs.

With Bridgewater looking like a highly sought after quarterback to start somewhere in 2020, where Winston lands will be interesting. That said, Andy Dalton has always demonstrated tremendous leadership that head coaches and offensive coordinators will be drawn to. That is something that might be a question mark for Winston. Still of the three, Dalton is probably behind the younger QB’s.

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