Five Teams That Should Sign Andy Dalton
2020 NFL Season
Quarterback Andy Dalton is officially a free agent after the Cincinnati Bengals released him, handing the keys of the franchise over to No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow. Dalton played nine years with the Bengals, producing a 70-61-2 record while throwing for over 31,000 yards, 204 touchdowns and 118 interceptions. The days of Dalton being a starter are probably over, but there’s always room for an experienced and capable backup quarterback.
Here are five teams that should consider signing Dalton in free agency.
New England Patriots - The New England Patriots are one of the few teams that’s probably still open to finding a starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Neither Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer are the answer, and Dalton is somebody who could come in right away and become the starter. However, the Pats didn’t address the QB spot during the draft, so maybe they know something we don’t and aren’t in a hurry to upgrade the position. Dalton would still be the best QB the Patriots have at the moment.
Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jacksonville Jaguars are another team that doesn’t have a legit starting quarterback entering the 2020-21 season and could use Dalton’s services. Gardner Minshew had his moments last year, but he’s not going to move the needle much, while Joshua Dobbs is more of a project and a bit raw to take over full-time starting duties. Dalton would comfortably be the best quarterback the Jaguars have right now and would give this team somewhat of a fighting chance in what’s often a wide open AFC South.
Denver Broncos - The Denver Broncos have a good thing going right now and are a quarterback away from becoming a factor in the competitive AFC West. Drew Lock has shown flashes of possibly being the franchise quarterback in the Mile High City, but he’s also played in just five games. We need a much larger sample size before crowing Lock the future of the Broncos. At the very least, Dalton would provide much needed depth at the quarterback position and prevent a massive drop-off if Lock struggles early. Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien aren’t guys you want to count on to win a couple of games.
Dallas Cowboys - Dalton is a Texas guy who was born and raised in Katy and went to college at TCU. This would be a nice homecoming for Dalton to possibly end his career. The Dallas Cowboys also need a backup quarterback behind Dak Prescott, as Clayton Thorson or Cooper Rush aren’t saving the day. The Dallas Cowboys experienced a wasted season back in 2015 when Matt Cassel needed to step in for the injured Tony Romo, and it was a complete disaster. Quality backup quarterbacks are important. The Cowboys would be wise to find Dalton’s interest in returning home.
Pittsburgh Steelers - The Pittsburgh Steelers learned a lot about their backup quarterback situation last year when Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph had issues getting the job done. A healthy Ben Roethlisberger obviously improves the Steelers situation, but he’s also an aging quarterback who is averaging just 11.8 games the last five years. It would surprise nobody if the Steelers are stuck in a similar situation this season. Having Dalton, a quarterback who has played nine years in the AFC North, is much more appealing than what the Steelers have now.