Andy Dalton’s time as a starter with the Bengals is almost certainly over. The franchise will be drafting Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to be the next QB in Cincy.
According to Peter King of NBC Sports, Dalton is among the players who are “likely” to be traded on draft night. The chatter about Dalton getting traded is not new and draft night represents a critical point in the NFL season. Cincy can likely net a draft pick for the QB if they decide to trade him before or at the event.
The Jaguars are favorite to be Andy Dalton’s next team (+175) and it’s logical that Cincy and Jacksonville could work out a swap of veterans (Leonard Fournette? Joe Mixon has plans to hold out). The Jags seem intent on giving Gardner Minshew the chance to be the starter in 2020, though having a serviceable back-up would be a smart contingency plan. New offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was the OC in Cincy during the beginning of Dalton’s career.
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The Jaguars, Bengals (there remains a chance that Dalton stays put and backs up Joe Burrow) and Chargers are the only teams with better odds that the New England Patriots (+650). While it’s hard to envision the Pats taking on Dalton’s salary, a swap of Dalton and Thuney makes sense from a needs standpoint.
Washington and Miami are two destinations that make zero sense. Washington already acquired a QB to push Dwayne Haskins, trading for Kyle Allen and Miami has Ryan Fitzpatrick as a vet who will likely help to ease in whoever the Dolphins select in the draft.
The Bengals could also keep Dalton as the back-up to Burrow. Perhaps Dalton even gets a chance to start a few more games in Cincinnati while Burrow gets up to speed, something that may be necessary with the COVID-19 impacting OTAs. Dalton staying put, even in the backup role, isn’t a bad bet to make at +230.