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Free agent QB Andy Dalton among favorites to replace Philip Rivers for Indianapolis Colts

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 1/21/2021 Dave Clark, Cincinnati Enquirer
a group of young men playing a game of football: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) signs up to his family after throwing a touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 14 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on  Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. Former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton led the Cowboys to a 30-7 over the Bengals. © Sam Greene/The Enquirer Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) signs up to his family after throwing a touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 14 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. Former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton led the Cowboys to a 30-7 over the Bengals.

Several sportsbooks see free-agent quarterback and long-time Cincinnati Bengals starter Andy Dalton among odds-on favorites to replace Philip Rivers as the Indianapolis Colts' starting QB.

Rivers announced Wednesday that he's decided to retire after 17 NFL seasons.

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Dalton, who signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys last May, started nine of the 11 games in which he played last season, completing 216 of 333 attempts (64.9%) for 2,170 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Dalton and the Cowboys routed the Bengals, 30-7, in December.

Dalton, the Bengals' starting QB from 2011 to 2019, trails only Ken Anderson among Cincinnati's all-time leaders in passing yardage.

Earlier this month, PFF.com ranked its Top 100 NFL free agents, and predicted the Denver Broncos would sign Dalton to a two-year deal worth $10 million, and the Bengals would sign quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year, $5 million contract.

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