Mike Lombardi indicates Patriots will do due diligence with Andy Dalton, but is it really a fit?

Ryan Hannable
May 02, 2020 - 7:31 am

Every quarterback that becomes available this offseason has been connected to the Patriots since as of now the only starting options are Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

This week, the talk was about Andy Dalton after he was released by the Bengals.

So, what does former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi think? He shared his thoughts on "NESN After Hours" Friday night.

“I think there’s two issues here. There’s Andy Dalton the player, and then there is Andy Dalton the contract," he said. "They are going to due their due diligence and find out what he is looking for in terms of financially. Here’s a guy who was due to make $17 million, is he a guy who would be willing to fit with within their structure? And is he better than the current players on the roster?

“We do know Jacksonville is interested and he was drafted by the Bengals when Jay Gruden, the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars was there. I think there is a familiarity down in Jacksonville. They have expressed interest. They have a ton of cap room. Remember, the Patriots are really tight on cap room right now.”

Lombardi doesn't really see much in Dalton, especially for close to $15 million.

“My best definition is what I call a 20-20 quarterback," he said. "Andy Dalton will move the ball from one 20 (yard-line) to the next. When he gets down to the red zone, it gets a little complex and a little mistake-driven. I think that he’s delivered on being a starter. Is he an elite starter? I would say no. Is he an above average starter? I would say no. Is he in the top 15 of the NFL? No. At $15, $16, $17 million, you really can’t pay that. He could certainly fill a void as a backup or a starter over an extended period of time, but a lot of things have to be around him to make him most effective.”

As of now, it appears the Patriots will go into the summer with just Stidham and Hoyer, as well as undrafted rookies J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke.

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