3 Former Saints we'll be glad are gone, 2 we'll wish stayed

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Saints player we're glad left: Andy Dalton, QB

Andy Dalton had plenty of good moments with the Cincinnati Bengals during the nine seasons he played with them. The former second-round pick from TCU, he had 133 career starts and was 70-61-2 as the starter. He then headed to the Dallas Cowboys as a backup quarterback and ended up playing in nine games that year after Dak Prescott broke his ankle.

He again played well, throwing for 2,170 yards with a 14-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. But after a frustrating season in Chicago, he signed with the New Orleans Saints to be the backup for Jameis Winston.

He didn't stay No. 2 for long as he started 14 games last season for the Saints. His numbers weren't bad, completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 2,871 yards with an 18-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. But the Saints were just 6-8 with him as a starter.

With the NFC South being so bad in 2022, that was enough to keep them in the race but they never felt like a team that would contend. Part of the reason was Dalton, who is a decent game manager but that's about it. He's not someone who is going to push the ball downfield consistently and rarely lights up the scoreboard.

Now in Carolina, he's likely to backup whoever is the No. 1 pick for the Panthers. New Orleans, on the other hand, will turn the ball over to Derek Carr with Winston serving as his QB2.