Colts rumors: Indy wanted Andy Dalton if Philip Rivers didn't sign
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RUMOR: Colts were prepared to trade for Andy Dalton if Philip Rivers didn’t sign

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The Indianapolis Colts got their man in free agency, signing quarterback Philip Rivers. However, the Colts had a contingency plan if Rivers didn’t agree to join the club.

Their backup option was Andy Dalton.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Indianapolis was prepared to swing a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire Dalton if the Rivers signing fell through.

Of course, Dalton ultimately did not get traded at all and was instead released by the Bengals after the NFL Draft late last month. Dalton then went on to sign with the Dallas Cowboys.

Things became murky under for the Colts last August when Andrew Luck suddenly announced his retirement a couple of weeks before the regular season began.

Indy was lucky enough to have a backup signal-caller with some starter experience with Jacoby Brissett, and early on Brissett was impressive, leading Indianapolis to a 5-2 record over its first seven games and even representing a fringe MVP candidate throughout that time.

But it didn’t take long for the wheels to come off.

Brissett struggled mightily during the second half of the season and finished with just 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 60.9 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 88.

In Brissett’s defense, the Colts’ offense was ravaged by injuries during the latter half of 2019, and even Brissett himself missed a game due to a sprained MCL.

But clearly, Indianapolis didn’t like what it saw out of Brissett and decided to go in a different direction.

The Colts went just 7-9 this past season.