The seemingly dormant Andy Dalton-to-the-Patriots chatter awoke Thursday morning.
Dalton was released by the Bengals after nine seasons in Cincinnati, according to multiple reports. The move clears the way for No. 1 pick Joe Burrow to assume control of the offense next season.
Even before Tom Brady left New England for the Tampa Buccaneers, there were reports that the Patriots had interest in Dalton as a potential replacement. And, after news broke of Dalton’s release, the Twitter floodgates opened.
Take a look at some of the reactions:
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) April 30, 2020
— Fantasy Knockout (@fantasyknockout) April 30, 2020
— ?16 Brady Brycen ? (@BrycenNFL) April 30, 2020
PATRIOTS: we really need a quarterback
NEW FREE AGENT ANDY DALTON: pic.twitter.com/X7BDXxKsb7
— Korked Bats (@korkedbats) April 30, 2020
— Adam Lefkoe (@AdamLefkoe) April 30, 2020
— The GOAT House (@GoatHouseNFL) April 30, 2020
— Ron (@ronology2_) April 30, 2020
Andy dalton will be a patriot by midnight
— Andrew McGuire (@AndrewMcGuire_) April 30, 2020
Here comes Bill ? pic.twitter.com/hC1xNFO5hQ
— Bell (Lakesho 49-14 ????) (@BellGHudy) April 30, 2020
Patriots should go get Andy Dalton
— John Redcorn (@_GeminiNation) April 30, 2020
— Chris Salts (@ChrisSalts) April 30, 2020
Excited for when Andy Dalton gets Super MVP when the Patriots win it next year
— Bryan (@bryanfirsich13) April 30, 2020
— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) April 30, 2020
Whether Dalton actually would be a good fit in New England is up for debate. Considering the Patriots’ minimal salary cap space as well as the presence of sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham, a marriage with Dalton seems unlikely.