The Patriots could be losing Tom Brady in free agency, which would put them in desperate need of aa quarterback.
But because the team is drafting late in the first round, it’s going to be hard for them to find a rookie that’s ready to win from Day 1.
Free agency will offer some interesting options like Philip Rivers, Teddy Bridgewater and Jameis Winston, but those guys may command more money than the Patriots are willing to pay.
It just so happens the Bengals are set to trade Andy Dalton, who will make a modest (for a QB anyways) $17,7 million in 2020. It’s also possible the Bengals agree to pay some of that in order to facilitate a trade.
A Bengals-Patriots trade for Dalton has already been bantered about this offseason, but now there’s a report from Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is actually intrigued by Dalton’s “untapped potential.”
Several teams have mentioned to me that the Patriots’ reported interest in Dalton is even real. Bill Belichick, like others around the league, believes Dalton has untapped potential and that it’s been hard to decipher how truly good or bad he is because he’s played in Cincinnati.
Who’d have thought that one of the hottest QB names out there this offseason would be one of the league’s most criticized?
I mean, Belichick certainly has an eye for talent, and there’s no coach that’s been better at bringing the most out of players since he became a head coach, and maybe in the history of the NFL.
If anyone is going to get the Dalton that played like an MVP in 2015, it’s Belichick and the Patriots, so perhaps they’ll be who ultimately trades for the Bengals quarterback when it’s all said and done.