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Andy Dalton, Tom Brady dominate QB talk at Combine

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FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts with Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals following a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts with Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals following a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images) /
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It wasn’t the rookie quarterbacks who dominated talk on the opening night of the 2020 NFL Combine, it was the veterans, and Bengals QB Andy Dalton could be in for a whirlwind of activity.

It’s become something of a day-to-day talking point on sports talk radio, your favorite cable TV show, and especially on Thursday at the NFL Combine. On a night that was supposed to be about quarterbacks, receivers, and tight ends, it wasn’t. The big conversations were about which veteran QB’s might be available in a few short weeks. Specifically, Tom Brady and continued talk centered around Cincinnati Bengals veteran Andy Dalton.

The trigger for all the talk continues to be Brady and the New England Patriots, meaning that as Brady goes, so do the rest of possible free-agent veteran signal-callers. For a player like Dalton, it almost appears he has some direct link to where his next team might be, based on what happens with Tommy Terrific.

If you’re a team interested in Brady, and there are a few, the upside could be huge. As for the rumors, they are plentiful. The Raiders, the Chargers, the Colts, and of late, the Tennessee Titans. Even the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been mentioned as potential suitors.

The chatter regarding Brady has intensified the last few days. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that all three teams noted above expect to meet with Brady’s representation.

As the 2020 NFL Combine got underway Thursday night with what could be the next wave of great quarterbacks shopping their skills future employers, it was the veterans who seemed to own the airways. For fans of Dalton, it was another reminder that if Brady leaves New England, he could be the next Patriots starting quarterback. A possibility NFL writer Peter King has been selling since the Super Bowl.

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Dalton could be the most interesting offseason story for Bengals fans. While odds are few he stays in Cincinnati, the intrigue surrounding where he might turn up for the 2020 NFL season is an interesting one. With news that the Chicago Bears might be looking to recommit to Mitchell Trubisky, Dalton will remain a sought after quarterback for a lot of teams ready to win next season.

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