Andy Dalton going to the New England Patriots has been a hot story in recent weeks. But, if Tom Brady decides to stay, where would the Cincinnati Bengals veteran fit best?
The biggest and wildest speculation this NFL off-season centers around where quarterback Tom Brady plays in 2020. Brady, who would be the biggest fish in the free agency pool, could cash-in, handpick his team, and probably have the loudest voice in that organization. All that said, the betting money is he stays in New England. He is also the first domino to fall that says where Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton plays next season.
For Dalton, odds are incredibly long he is not back in Cincinnati. The Bengals are absolutely poised to select a quarterback when they pick first in the 2020 NFL Draft, making Dalton a candidate to either be traded or cut. In the right situation, he thrives, and is instrumental in getting a team to the playoffs and maybe beyond. But if not in New England with the Patriots, then where?
Sportswriter Peter King has suggested that Dalton would be a great fit for the Patriots if Brady was to move on. However, the veteran QB would do particularly well in a host of NFL cities. If there is one fly in the ointment for Dalton, it is the sheer number of veteran quarterbacks looking for jobs this off-season.
Dalton may not be the first quarterback to sign elsewhere, but he won’t likely last long. With some youth in front of him, he will have an opportunity to go somewhere turn-key ready for postseason play in 2020.