Andy Dalton could be sporting a new uniform by the time the 2020 NFL regular season begins. The Cincinnati Bengals have reportedly communicated their offseason plan to the veteran quarterback.
Cincinnati is reportedly willing to work on a potential trade with Dalton. The Bengals are likely to draft Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall. This would point to the end of the Dalton era in Cincy.
Multiple NFL teams could have interested in trading for Dalton. We named a couple of such teams earlier today.
One NFL analyst believes there’s an NFC team that makes the most sense. The Chicago Bears should be “all-in” on Dalton.
— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) February 12, 2020
The Bears are reportedly committed to Mitch Trubisky, though those plans could easily change. Trubisky had a rough 2019 season and is far from proven.
Dalton could be brought in as a veteran backup, like the Titans did with Ryan Tannehill. Then, if Trubisky struggles – like Marcus Mariota did – Dalton could take over the starting job.
The Bengals say they want to do right by Dalton and trading him to Chicago could qualify as that.
“I can tell you one thing, what Andy Dalton’s done for the Cincinnati Bengals is not something that we’re going to forget and we’re not going to just willy-nilly, make something happen with him that, a) he’s uncomfortable with and, b) that we’re uncomfortable with,” Bengals director of player personnel Dick Tobin said. “He came in and won for us immediately, and he’s certainly not done. He’s got a lot of talent, he’s got a lot of leadership. … We have the utmost respect and high regard for Andy Dalton and we don’t believe by a long stretch that his career is over.”