The Cincinnati Bengals have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and are widely expected to draft a QB with the top pick. So where does longtime starting QB Andy Dalton fit into the Bengals’ plan for 2020?
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Bengals are leaving “all options” open for Dalton. Per the report, Cincinnati is looking into trading partners, but also contemplating keeping him on the roster for 2020.
However, NFL reporter Tom Pelissero noted that Dalton has a cap charge of over $17 million in 2020 – starter money. Pelissero said that it is “unlikely” that Dalton returns to the Bengals given how much he’s owed.
As of writing, Dalton is one of three QBs on the Bengals roster. The others are Ryan Finley and Jake Dolegala – both heading into their second years.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 26, 2020
The Bengals drafted Dalton in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and he immediately became the starter. In nine seasons, Dalton has made three Pro Bowls and led the Bengals to the playoffs four times.
Dalton is Cincinnati’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, completions, attempts and yards per game. He’s also been very durable, missing just eight games prior to his benching in 2019.
What will the Bengals wind up doing with Andy Dalton in 2020?