Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:54 AM

Free Agency Odds for QB Andy Dalton

Where will Andy Dalton end up when the 2020 season gets underway?

After spending nine years with the Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton’s NFL future is up in the air. The Bengals are almost certainly selecting Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, leaving Dalton twisting in the wind. Dalton is entering the last year of his contract, and Cincinnati has been trying to deal him to another team for the last month.

However, other teams have been uninterested in trading for him due to his big cap number, and the Bengals are widely expected to release him by June 1 in order to save $17.7 million against their salary cap in 2020.

Odds provided by DraftKings (IN, NJ PA & WV only)
Subject to Change - T&C's Apply, 21 + Only

Next Team Betting Odds for Andy Dalton at DraftKings

Jacksonville Jaguars +250
Cincinnati Bengals +300
New England Patriots +500
Los Angeles Chargers +1000
Denver Broncos +1200
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200
Miami Dolphins +2000
Washington Redskins +2000
Buffalo Bills +2500
Carolina Panthers +3300
Green Bay Packers +3300
New Orleans Saints +3300
Atlanta Falcons +5000
Chicago Bears +5000
Detroit Lions +5000
Las Vegas Raiders +5000
New York Jets +5000
San Francisco 49ers +5000
Tennessee Titans +5000
Indianapolis Colts +6600
New York Giants +6600
Philadelphia Eagles +6600
All other teams have odds over +10000

Jacksonville is the favorite to land Dalton for the 2020 season. The Jaguars are one of the few teams that have kicked the tires with the quarterback according to both Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver, and he would certainly give the team some much needed veteran depth at the position. Jacksonville released Nick Foles after a single season in Duval County, and the only two quarterbacks on the roster are Gardner Minshew II and Josh Dobbs. Minshew is still something of an unknown, and Dobbs has only thrown 12 passes in his career, so Dalton would give Jacksonville some experience.

Dalton has stated that he would be open to returning to the Bengals, and he might end up back in Cincinnati at a discounted price if no other team makes him a decent offer. There is no animosity between the front office and the quarterback, and Dalton knows there is a chance he would open the season as the starter as Burrow grows into the role. That could be enough of an enticement for him to return for at least one more year.

Bill Belichick is in the market for a quarterback, and it seems likely that the Patriots will end up with either Dalton, Cam Newton, or Jameis Winston. Jarrett Stidham is the de facto starting quarterback despite throwing four passes as a rookie in 2019, so New England will be looking to shore this position up in the coming months. Dalton would likely be the most inexpensive option of the three, and that has always appealed to Belichick. That makes the Patriots a potentially smart bet at 5-1 at DraftKings.

The Chargers are in a similar situation. They parted ways with long-time starting quarterback Philip Rivers in the offseason, and the two options at quarterback are journeyman veteran Tyrod Taylor and the untested Easton Stick. However, the Chargers are highly unlikely to even pursue Dalton as this franchise is looking for a name to help put fans in seats in the most dismal home stadium atmosphere in the league. Winston and Newton would be bigger draws than Dalton, so the Red Rifle probably isn’t going to LA’s second team.

Pittsburgh is an interesting choice at 12-1. Ben Roethlisberger missed almost all last season due to injury, and neither Mason Rudolph nor Devlin Hodges were impressive in his place. Dalton would give the Steelers a competent quarterback if Big Ben succumbed to injury once more, and he could be had at a discount.

It is tempting to take any of the ten teams available with odds of 100-1 or more at DraftKings. Dalton is likely to end up as a backup somewhere in 2020, and that opens the door to any team in the NFL looking to have depth at the position. Tampa Bay would make sense considering the Buccaneers’ backup quarterback is Blaine Gabbert, but the Rams provide the most bang for the buck.

Dalton is 250-1 to play for the Rams in 2020, and those odds are way too high. Yes, this team is stretched thin when it comes to the salary cap, but Dalton might be tempted to sign for the veteran minimum given the situation. Jared Goff seemed to regress after signing a big deal last offseason, and the only other quarterback on the roster is John Wolford. There is still plenty of talent on this team, so Dalton could step into the mix and take over if Goff had another lackluster campaign in 2020.

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