Peter King has ‘gut feeling’ that Tom Brady won’t be playing foootball for the New England patriots in 2020.
So, who exactly will be under center going forward for the franchise?
King went on to explain that Belichick wants Andy Dalton.
“I have no idea who Bill Belichick sits in his office, feet up on the desk watching tape of who he says, ‘I really like that guy,’ whether or not the rest of the league likes him,” King said on NBC Sports. “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 Andy Dalton because Andy Dalton is a football player, you know? He’s not Tom Brady. He’s not gonna go down in the pantheon, I get it. Guys who are gonna do 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’s tenure with the Bengals all but ended when the bengals benched him and the QB spoke out against them doing so just hours before the NFL’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.
“I think that’s an unfortunate thing,” Dalton said of the timing, via the team’s official website. “It happened three hours before the trade deadline. If [coach Zac Taylor] was thinking about it, at least let us try to see if I could end up somewhere else or at least see if there was interest in possibly getting traded at that point. The way it was all handled, there wasn’t enough time to even have that happen.”
The Bengals now hold the No. 1 overall draft pick and are expected to take a QB, so trading Dalton is definitely on the to-do list for the franchise.
Dalton ended the 2019 season with 3,494 yards, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 13 games.