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Andy Dalton Trade Rumors: Bengals QB Would 'Definitely Get a Job' If Available

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2020

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
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With Joe Burrow probably arriving soon to take his starting job, Andy Dalton's days in Cincinnati are likely numbered. The Bengals could keep him in a mentorship role to help the presumptive No. 1 overall draft pick or look to trade him for a pick ahead of April's draft.

If he's made available, NBC Sports' Peter King expects Cincinnati to have no shortage of suitors. King reported Dalton would "definitely get a job" next season and that the Bengals could get a mid-round pick as compensation.

The 32-year-old has spent the last nine seasons as the Bengals' starting quarterback. While never considered one of the NFL's best quarterbacks, he led the team to five postseason berths and is a three-time Pro Bowler.

Dalton threw for 3,494 yards and 16 touchdowns against 14 interceptions in 2019. He acknowledged writing on the wall as last season wound down, saying he knew his future with the organization was uncertain. 

"I feel like we've embraced this city," Dalton told reporters. "We've been all in since we've been here. I think that's the biggest thing for me and my family; we've tried to be a big part of this organization, be a big part of this city, try to help out a lot of people and use our platform for a lot of good."

The team's second-round draft pick in 2011, Dalton is under contract for $17.5 million in 2020, the final year of the six-year, $96 million extension he signed in 2014. The Bengals would not incur any cap penalty for releasing or trading Dalton, giving them more money to spend on talent around Burrow.

Even if Dalton is considered little more than a bridge quarterback, recent history suggests the Bengals will be able to find a trade partner. The Baltimore Ravens were able to trade Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos last offseason despite his struggles. While Flacco struggled before an injury cost him the rest of the season, the Broncos haven't committed to moving on from the 35-year-old, simply because there's value in having a reliable veteran quarterback available.

If a team wants to wait on a more developmental quarterback like Utah State's Jordan Love and remain competitive in 2020, Dalton could be the perfect bridge and would come without a long-term commitment. 

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