The Carolina Panthers’ new addition Andy Dalton made a bold claim in favor of his new squad for the Upcoming Super Bowl, though the franchise’s desire of grabbing the winner title remains a dream.
The Texas native was the Cincinnati Bengals’ second-round pick in 2011 and went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, the first of three Pro Bowl selections throughout his nine-year career with the franchise, albeit his inability to shine in all four of his playoff starts, with just one touchdown pass and six interceptions made fans furious, led the Bengals to release him in 2020.
The 35-year-old joined the Panthers squad after signing a two-year, $11 million contract with $8 million guaranteed, per NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero after spending last season with the New Orleans Saints.
What did the Panthers’ QB Andy Dalton predict about the upcoming Super Bowl?
ESPN’s David Newton shared on Wednesday that the Panthers QB Andy Dalton holds high hopes for his team in the upcoming season as he projected the NFC South to compete for a playoff/Super Bowl in 2023.
“Andy Dalton agrees with new Carolina WR Adam Thielen that the team could compete for a playoff/Super Bowl this year. He definitely believes the NFC South is there for the taking”, Newton tweeted.
The Panthers QB further made the claim of every team’s indifference to winning the division last year.
“Nobody wanted to win the division last year the way it was going,” Dalton told Newton.
Andy Dalton agrees with new Carolina WR Adam Thielen that the team could compete for a playoff/Super Bowl this year. He definitely believes the NFC South is there for the taking. “Nobody wanted to win the division last year the way it was going.’’
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) April 19, 2023
Andy has not yet been finalized as the starting QB as the Panthers would be eyeing CJ Stroud or Bryce Young with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, hence, the firm prediction of grabbing the Super Bowl seems like a bold claim from his side.
Besides Dalton, Carolina’s new addition Adam Thielen also earlier made the claim on Pat McAfee by stating, “Ultimately, [I felt Carolina] was a place that seriously had a chance of winning a Super Bowl. I really do feel strongly with that”.
Thielen didn’t win a championship with the Minnesota Vikings throughout his 10 years tenure with the team and hit free agency for the first time this off-season after being released by them.
Adam inked a three-year deal with the Panthers worth $25 million, including $14 million guaranteed, and marked the signing of Dalton as a motivating factor for him to sign the franchise on the Pat McAfee Show.
While it remains to be seen whether the Panthers can live up to Dalton and Theilen’s lofty expectations, there is no denying that the team has the talent to potentially make a deep playoff run. With the NFL season set to kick off soon, football fans around the world are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season and the drama that will probably unfold.