As the 2020 NFL draft draws near, the team holding the No. 1 pick has reportedly made a decision on its longtime quarterback.
According to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Cincinnati Bengals are working to find a trade partner for quarterback Andy Dalton. Rapoport suggested to two sides are working together to find the right landing spot for the former TCU quarterback.
Cincinnati owns the No. 1 pick in the draft and is expected to pick former LSU star Joe Burrow.
“They are going to work with Andy Dalton to facilitate a trade out of Cincinnati when the time is right…Everyone assumes they are going to take Joe Burrow – at the very least a quarterback – and that is something that has been communicated to Andy Dalton,” Rapoport said.
From NFL Now: The #Bengals are willing to work with QB Andy Dalton on a trade, I'm told, a plan that has been communicated to him. This meshes with what exec Duke Tobin told me a few weeks ago that when decisions happen, "I'll be in contact with him." (https://t.co/rrfjo3eYy9) pic.twitter.com/WPr3gb65rV
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2020
Trading Dalton makes sense for the Bengals. He carries a $17 million cap hit into the 2020 season if he’s on the roster.
Cincinnati selected Dalton in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. He racked up over 31,000 passing yards and 204 passing touchdowns during his career with the Bengals.
Perhaps the final game of his Bengals career resulted in a 33-23 win over the Cleveland Browns – just the second win for Cincinnati on the season.
Stay tuned for the latest on the Bengals.