Cleveland Browns QB option No. 3 – Andy Dalton
One solution I’m not in love with, but still could support is the idea of bringing in a true veteran like Andy Dalton. A move like this would be something like having Case Keenum around, but I do think Dalton is a much more proven starter in the league. One big issue with Dalton, his asking price could be a little too steep for Andrew Berry to bite.
Cleveland Browns fans are familiar with Dalton as he spent his first nine seasons facing the Browns twice a year as the starting quarterback or the Cincinnati Bengals. He had four consecutive 10-win seasons as the Bengals starter and twice threw for over 4,200 yards.
I’m not saying Dalton should be the quarterback for the Browns for the next five seasons, but I am saying he may be as good or slightly better than Baker Mayfield and could teach him a thing or two as the backup.
Dalton has a similar athletic ability as Mayfield and doesn’t fit the Stefanski scheme perfectly, but he is a 12-year pro who has 76 wins as a starting quarterback. Experience means almost as much in this league as schematic fit.
This may be a bit of a long shot, but Dalton is one of the better free-agent quarterbacks available for the 2022 season, in a class that doesn’t have any elite talent.