Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton continues to enjoy some love from certain media members. So much so, that the veteran signal-caller could have some nice options for next season.
For a quarterback on the way out of town, at least likely to be, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is getting a ton of love. The nine-year veteran is currently the speculation of a lot of rumors. With nothing definitive on the immediate horizon, it looks to be, at least to NFL guru Peter King, that when available, Dalton will definitely have a job in 2020.
According to King, who has spoken to “some teams” since the Super Bowl, indication that as much as a mid-round pick could secure the Bengals veteran. While New England has been the hot story with speculation of a Bill Belichick Dalton pairing, other teams have also emerged as a potential landing spot.
The long term prospects of where he goes and his impact aren’t terribly murky. Dalton was more than serviceable for the Bengals. He’s also a stand-up citizen, who has had a very positive impact on the Cincinnati community. His role on his next potential team will likely depend on several factors, including whether he will, or will not be the starter in 2020.
One other factor is the quarterback situation in a new NFL city. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where he’s having to compete for the role of a starter, or he’s acquired as the designated “bridge quarterback.” Dalton still has some good years in him, and he is likely to raise a team to playoff status upon his arrival.
As for Cincinnati, it’s still hard to see him in a Bengals uniform in 2020. Meaning that unless something extraordinary was to happen, he’s playing someplace else next year.
The Bengals have indicated a desire to work with the veteran, with how and where he goes for the upcoming season. With teams like Chicago, maybe the Raiders, Jacksonville, and yes, New England, Dalton could have some nice options.