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The Bengals Are Reportedly Benching QB Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton throwing a pass.

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the third quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Sitting at 0-8 and currently battling the Miami Dolphins for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft, the Cincinnati Bengals are reportedly benching Andy Dalton.

Dalton has started 128 of 136 possible games for the Bengals since 2011. He's started all eight games this season.

However, it will be rookie Ryan Finley getting the nod when the team returns from its Week 9 bye, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Dalton is completing 60.4 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 2,252 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Finley has yet to throw a pass for the Bengals. Cincinnati selected him in the fourth round of this year's draft out of NC State.

It makes sense for the Bengals to get a long look at Finley over the second half of the season. The team is headed toward a top-3 pick, at worst, and will need to look at a quarterback if Finley doesn't show enough promise.

Considering Cincinnati is making this move, it would also make sense for them to explore trading veteran players for future assets in the three hours before today's NFL trade deadline.