Andy Dalton should replace Patriots’ Tom Brady, says Peter King
If Tom Brady were to leave the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick could be searching for a new quarterback — that is if Jarrett Stidham isn’t yet ready to take over. One name that continues to swirl around in speculation is Cincinnati Bengals’ Andy Dalton. Renowned football writer Peter King of NBC Sports thinks it could happen.
“One of the guys I think — and I know people are going to laugh at this — I think Bill Belichick would really like to work with is Andy Dalton because Andy Dalton is a football player, you know? He’s not Tom Brady. He’s not going to go down in the pantheon, I get it. Guys who are going to go down in the pantheon at age 32 are not available, OK? Russell Wilson’s not available. I think Andy Dalton would be a very compelling guy to either be their quarterback for a while or to be their bridge guy to the next quarterback or to take Jarrett Stidham under his wing as Brady did some this year and make the best of Jarrett Stidham for 2021 and beyond.”
Dalton will not be a free agent in March. However, with the Bengals likely picking LSU quarterback Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall, he is expendable. He is also on a deal that favors the Patriots, who need to fill other holes, no matter if Brady stays or not.
According to Over The Cap, Dalton will earn $17.7 million in 2020. After that, he is a free agent, making him an ideal stopgap quarterback for the Patriots.
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