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NFL Insider Predicts Who'd Replace Tom Brady If He Leaves New England

A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick crossing his arms during a game.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on prior to Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Who will start at quarterback under center in New England if Tom Brady leaves the Patriots in free agency?

NBC Sports NFL insider Peter King has made his pick. The longtime NFL insider believes there's a viable trade on the table for the Patriots if Brady decides to leave New England for another franchise when free agency begins.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton could be the man for Bill Belichick. Dalton is expected to hit the trade market this offseason, with the Bengals likely to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall.

"If Belichick makes up his mind that it’s time to move on from Brady, then my argument is moot. Dalton, by the way, would be my pick to start in New England next year if Brady goes. Belichick would love Dalton. He’s a quiet, intense, lunchpail Texan who makes no excuses. And Dalton would embrace the Patriot ethos," King wrote on Monday morning.

The Bengals have reportedly communicated to Dalton that they are willing to work with him on a trade. It's tough to imagine Dalton being against the idea of getting traded to New England.

Dalton, 32, has played for Cincinnati from 2011-present. He was the No. 35 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of TCU.

The longtime Bengals quarterback is a three-time Pro Bowler. He could be a logical fit in New England, but it will require a departure from Brady, and it remains to be seen if that's actually going to happen.