Where does Andy Dalton stack up against available QB’s in 2020?
The rest of the quarterbacks that could be on the move before next season includes names like Mariota and veteran journeymen like Case Keenum. Brees, who’s name is interesting to consider, looks to be either returning to New Orleans or retiring. If he did become available, fans and analysts alike will note some speed coming off of his fastball, and perhaps Brees being on the decline.
As for the others, Mariota and Keenum are players who will get attention for different reasons. Keenum is a player who works hard, and in a pinch, can keep a team in games and generate a win or two. Mariota has been remarkably disappointing, and his best gig might be that of a backup who can press an incumbent.
Dalton is better than these two and is probably closer to Brees that he’d get credit for. Dalton isn’t a backup. He’s a viable starter who in the right situation, will probably thrive and produce wins Week 1. He’s a known commodity whose only drawback was playing for an organization that hasn’t won much lately.
Long story short, Andy Dalton will have his suitors. How it plays out will be an interesting watch as the Bengals simply do business differently. Fans who have followed him since his rookie season in the Queen City know his success elsewhere is imminent. The smart team that lands him will know that too.