QB2: Andy Dalton
In a bit of a surprising move, the Saints signed Andy Dalton in free agency and he’ll be Winston’s backup, which he’s comfortable with. He’s spent sometime over the past two years as a backup and is probably one of the best backup options in the league as of now.
Dalton was drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft and led Cincinnati to the playoffs in each of his five seasons. While no playoff wins would occur, few would blame Dalton for the lack of success in the postseason.
After the Bengals won just two games in 2019, the writing was on the wall for the Red Rifle. Cincy drafted LSU prodigy Joe Burrow with the first overall pick and Dalton was on his way out of the Queen City shortly after.
In 2020, Dalton backed up Dak Prescott in Dallas but after Prescott was injured, Dalton saw the field more than Cowboys fans were hoping for. He signed with the Bears last offseason and split time as the starter with rookie Justin Fields.
If Winston is forced to miss an extended period of time as he did last year, Dalton is a much better backup plan than Trevor Siemian.