Even though we're still a little more than a month away from the 2020 NFL Draft, it seems like Joe Burrow joining the Cincinnati Bengals is a foregone conclusion. That, of course, their incumbent starter Andy Dalton expendable this offseason.
And reports have surfaced that the team is listening to trade offers for the nine-year veteran. With that in mind, let's take a look at three teams that need to consider making a trade for the Red Rifle.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be a far better team than many believe them to be. They finished as the league's fifth-best defense per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, and were the NFL's fourth-best scoring offense. The only other teams to accomplish both feats were the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, who both won at least 13 games in 2019. It was Jameis Winston's 30 interceptions that held this team back. With a roster that looks ready to compete, replacing Winston with a reliable option like Dalton could have TB playoff bound in 2020.
2. Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers have a loaded roster on paper. Unfortunately, all that talent didn't translate into much success as the team finished 5-11 in 2019. Still, they're just a year removed from a 12-4 campaign in 2018, and, perhaps, adding a steady force like Dalton could help stabilize the offense. Last season, Rivers had an interception rate of 3.4 percent. While Dalton's rate of 2.7 percent wasn't ideal, it's still an improvement, and perhaps playing with a better supporting cast could help that number improve further.
1. Chicago Bears
Like the Chargers, the Chicago Bears had a poor campaign in 2019 after looking like juggernauts the year prior. A lot of that had to do with some poor play from Mitchell Trubisky, who finished tied for the second-worst adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A; 5.9) among all qualified starters. Dalton has never finished a season below 6.0 AY/A, and the veteran would undoubtedly be an upgrade over a middling talent like Trubisky. Chicago doesn't have many picks to work with this offseason, but figuring out the QB spot should be a priority for the Bears.
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