Patriots, Bears, Colts Making A Bid For Andy Dalton
The Patriots, Bears and Colts are making a bid for Andy Dalton, it would appear.
All three organizations in the running for Dalton’s services have their special reasons for why they are interested.
In the case of New England, Tom Brady’s impending free agency is the main motivation for their desire to sign Dalton. The 42-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, and thus far he has shown zero desire to return to the team that drafted him.
If Brady does leave to the Los Angeles, Las Vegas Raiders or anyone else, Dalton would seemingly be a logical piece to slide in do a decent job stepping in.
While Dalton is obviously not anywhere even remotely the player Brady was in his prime, clearly Brady is no longer in his prime.
If not the Patriots, Dalton would also make a lot of sense for Chicago.
From our Combine coverage: A look at the Andy Dalton trade market, as the #Bengals work with his agent Jeff Nalley to find a trade partner later in March. Dalton will have options. pic.twitter.com/8TYPwdBUnZ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2020
In fact, recent reports indicate the two teams have already discussed a potential deal. Mitch Trubisky is on thin ice as the Bears’ starter, and clearly the organization wants someone who can push him a bit.
Finally, Indianapolis has made it no secret that the team does not view Jacoby Brissett as a legitimate option as a long-term starter. Thus far, the team has been linked to former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. If that does not work out, though, Dalton could be reasonable replacement.
One way or another, Dalton will be on a new team come next year. Who will that team be? We’ll find out once and for all once free agency commences on March 18.