Bengals Free Agency

If not New England, here are 3 teams Andy Dalton makes sense for 2020

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 01: Detail view of a Indianapolis Colts flag waved during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tennessee defeats Indianapolis 31-17. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 01: Detail view of a Indianapolis Colts flag waved during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tennessee defeats Indianapolis 31-17. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

The Indianapolis Colts are a curious destination for a veteran like Andy Dalton. More than Jacksonville, the Colts would improve dramatically, Dalton’s opportunity for some postseason play and a legitimate Super Bowl run increases, and it’s a franchise he can probably count on for five to seven seasons before shutting it down permanently.

The Colts are a ‘tweener’ kind of team. An efficient offensive line, talent at the skill positions on offense, and a ton of cap space to make Dalton feel like he has an opportunity to win beginning Week 1. If the brass in Indianapolis decide to add an offensive weapon like Nelson Agholor, the Colts become a legitimate contender in 2020 and beyond.

The Colts are also likely to draft on the defensive side of the football come opening night of the draft. A popular name is A.J. Epenesa, an EDGE rusher from Iowa. Beginning Day One, Dalton would know he’s in an NFL city that is executing a plan to not just make the playoffs, but win a Lombardi Trophy sooner rather than later.

Dalton in Indianapolis is a smart destination. It’s a team ready-built for a deep January run, has cap space, and is in a win-friendly division. All favorable factors for the Bengals veteran.

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