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Potential Cardinals QB Target: Andy Dalton

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Arizona Cardinals are in need of a new starting quarterback. We’ll examine the possibility that the Cardinals could acquire current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in a trade.

The Cardinals had good luck with a former Bengals quarterback in the past five years with Carson Palmer, who began his career in Cincinnati. Palmer walked away from the game on Tuesday after 15 years in the league.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton getting ready to pass the ball against the Baltimore Ravens (Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton getting ready to pass the ball against the Baltimore Ravens (Getty Images)

If the Bengals are willing to move on from Dalton that time is now. Despite Marvin Lewis returning on a two-year contract extension, Dalton has done very little over his career.

Sure, he has guided the team to the playoffs. However, like Lewis, Dalton has had a goose egg in the playoffs.

Palmer was once in the same position, as Dalton with the Bengals. He forced his way out — and Dalton could definitely to the same thing in order to play for a better team.

If the Cardinals can pull this off — and it is definitely a possibility — Arizona will likely have to give up draft picks to get Dalton.

The 30-year-old has made 109 starts in his career with the team. Only the 2015 season was the only season when he did not play an entire season, as he appeared in 13 games.

In the past two seasons, Dalton is 13-18-1 as the starter. These are the only two seasons that he’s had losing records with the team.

He is 70-53-2 in his career as an NFL starter.

This past season, he went 297 of 496 for 3,320 passing yards. He had 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

The 3,320 passing yards were the fewest he had in a season since the 2015 season when he had 3,250 passin gyards. Dalton had to juggle learning a new system as Ken Zampese fired in September after a dreaful start, before Bill Lazor took over for the rest of the season.

Like he did this season, Dalton also had 25 touchdowns in 2015. The 25 touchdowns are the third-most touchdowns in his career, as he had 27 touchdowns in 2012 and a career-best 33 touchdowns in 2013.


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