Chargers Free Agency

LA Chargers: Ranking potential free-agent QB options for team

TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scrambles with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 29: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 29: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /

Number 7

Andy Dalton

With the Cincinnati Bengals holding the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, it is almost certain that they are selecting LSU standout, Joe Burrow. Even after the draft combine,  reports have come out stating that Burrow nailed his interview with Cincy and is a lock at No. 1. Therefore it is very likely that the Bengals trade or cut Andy Dalton to save $17.5 million in cap space for the 2020 season.

Now, Dalton is 32 years old (meaning his prime is behind him) and also he has come off of having one of the worst statistical years of his entire career. Passing for a mediocre 3,398 yards and an underwhelming 20-13 touchdown to interception ratio. I believe this type of year warrants the value of his services dropping in the season to come.

Now, why does he fit the Chargers? Dalton has mobility in the pocket and has shown that he can scramble if he needs to. He tied for the most rushing touchdowns of his career last season with four. Also, he would bring the veteran presence that a rookie quarterback can absorb and learn fromiIn a run-first offense that Anthony Lynn runs.

Overall Dalton could be a good pairing if the Chargers are able to scoop him for a team-friendly deal that allows them to allocate that cap space into other territories. A sample contract could be two years, $24 million.

Likeliness – 4

Potential Fit – C+

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