New England Patriots

Dec 29, 2019; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) warms up prior to a game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Jameis Winston isn’t the only quarterback who doesn’t appear in the Patriots’ plans at quarterback in 2020, as the team hasn’t discussed the possibility of a deal for the Bengals’ Andy Dalton, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

The 32-year-old Dalton, who has for some reason been linked to the Patriots by several talking heads and analysts who believe Bill Belichick could get the best out of him, currently finds himself facing an uncertain future, as the Bengals are expected to draft college superstar Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

That expected outcome for the rebuilding Bengals would leave the nine-year Cincy starter (and three-time Pro Bowler) out of the only NFL post he’s held since being drafted in the second round in 2011. It’s worth noting that Dalton’s likely divorce from the Bengals seemed rather inevitable with or without Burrow factoring into their future, of course,¬†thanks to a 2019 campaign that included a career-worst 2-11 record and career-low 16 touchdowns in 13 starts.

Even without Dalton in their plans, the Patriots will have no shortage of options for a quarterback competition for Jarrett Stidham, with Brian Hoyer and Cam Newton among the rumored and/or possible options for New England.

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