Andy Dalton will be serving as Dak Prescott’s backup this season. However, Dalton could still be a starter in this NFL. While last year was a struggle for Dalton and the Bengals, he truly didn’t have much to work with.
The Bengals’ top receiver was injured. Their rookie left tackle also was hurt before he could even play. John Ross and Auden Tate also had season-ending injuries midway through the year. Simply put, Dalton was fighting an uphill battle.
Dalton is far from elite, but regardless, he’d be a very good bridge towards the future for the Colts. They have a lot of talent on their roster. However, many of those players are on their rookie contracts and will need to receive contract extensions in the near future.
While money isn’t much of an issue right now, signing a more expensive quarterback like say Jameis Winston won’t make much sense. The Colts don’t need a star QB to win games. They have the offensive line and defense that could carry them into the playoffs.
Signing Andy Dalton would keep cap space open to address other needs for the Colts. With extra room to spend, Indianapolis could make a run at a premier corner like Jalen Ramsey, an edge rusher like Yannick Ngakoue, or another receiver like Keenan Allen.
With Dalton, Indianapolis could look to the draft to find their future franchise QB or continue to monitor the development of Jacob Eason, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dalton isn’t the flashiest QB, but he does make a lot of sense for the Colts.
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts