Bengals release franchise quarterback Andy Dalton

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cincinnati Bengals have cut ties with their former franchise quarterback Andy Dalton on Thursday morning. He spent nine seasons with the team.

Dalton became expendable when the Bengals drafted Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft last Thursday. Burrow was expected to start immediately after he was drafted with the top pick.

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton rushes for a five-yard rushing touchdown against the Cleveland Browns
Andy Dalton rushes for a five-yard rushing touchdown against the Cleveland Browns (Photo by the Associated Press/Gary Landers)

He had a one-year, $17.7 million non-guaranteed contract left on his contract. The Bengals chose to release him.

Dalton is the second big-name quarterback, who had a high salary on a non-guaranteed contract for 2020 to be released. The Carolina Panthers previously released Cam Newton.

He had a one-year, $19.1 million left on his contract. Newton has been replaced by Teddy Bridgewater.

Dalton struggled last season — his worst as a member of the Bengals. He won just two games as a starter last season, going 2-11 in 13 starts.

He went 314 of 528 for 3,494 yards. He had 16 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.

In fact, the last four seasons with Dalton as a starter, he has not had a winning record. His last winning record as a quarterback was a 10-3 mark in 2015.

From 2016 through 2019, he has gone 20-35 as a starter.

In his nine-year career, he has appeared in 133 games, including 133 starts. He has gone 70-61-2 as a starter in the NFL.

Dalton has gone 2,757 of 4,449 for 31,594 yards. He has also thrown 204 touchdown passes and 118 interceptions.

With Dalton now a free agent, he is free to sign with whatever team he chooses — if he does not elect to retire. The 32-year-old has been previously linked to the New England Patriots after Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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