Bengals officially release Andy Dalton

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The Andy Dalton era officially has ended in Cincinnati.

The Bengals have announced the release of Dalton, a second-round pick in 2011. He led the team to five straight playoff berths.

“Andy will always hold a special place with this franchise, and I know that he holds a special place in my heart,” owner Mike Brown said in a statement. “This is a hard day for our club because we know and appreciate what a consummate professional Andy has always been. We respect and appreciate Andy, and we thank him.”

“Andy will always be considered a key member of the Bengals’ organization,” coach Zac Taylor added. “His teammates and coaches appreciate his leadership and his commitment to winning. Just as importantly, Andy and his wife JJ are leaving a lasting impact in the community with the incredible work their foundation has done over the years. Andy and his family have meant a lot to this team and this city, and we wish them the best in the future.”

Dalton was due to earn $17.5 million this year in salary, along with a $200,000 workout bonus. There were no balloon payments or guarantees that forced a quicker decision, but that’s a common component when reaching the final year of a long-term contract.

The Bengals had tried to trade Dalton; a glut of veteran options made that impossible to accomplish. With Joe Burrow on board, the Bengals apparently have decided not to duplicate the Carson Palmer redshirt-year approach, opting instead to thrust Burrow into the mix immediately.

76 responses to “Bengals officially release Andy Dalton

  1. Everyone says the Pats will sign this guy, but New England literally has like $1 million in cap space due to all the dead money on the books this year for Brady. Dalton is no way playing for $1 million this year, so how would New England sign him? Who are they getting rid of or renegotiating to make room?

    The truth is, I think Belichick realizes the Pats are not Super Bowl contenders this year, assuming a season in even played. I believe he is committed to finding out what he has in Stidham, and if it’s not up to par, they will look to address QB next year with likely a much higher first-round pick to work with.

  2. They should have let Dalton be the Kitna here and let Burrow develop. It worked out great for Mahomes.

  3. Bengals were smart to let Dalton go but they should sign an experienced QB to mentor Burrow and be there to fill in if necessary. Several are around with Flacco coming to mind if he is healed from the neck injury.

  4. jasons81 says:
    April 30, 2020 at 12:40 pm
    They should have let Dalton be the Kitna here and let Burrow develop. It worked out great for Mahomes.

    The Bengals’ offense is not even close to the level of the Chiefs’ offense.

  5. The Bengals screwed up, yet again. Is anyone surprised?

    The Bengals had a great opportunity to allow their #1 draft pick to sit behind a pro…and learn. Some of the most successful QBs in league history started that way.

    Instead, it appears that the Bengals will throw Borrow into the fire. I wonder if the team owner even wants to win anything.

  6. Comparing Mahomes to anyone is bad. He came into arguably the greatest situation of any QB in decades. Has an all-time great offensive genius for a coach, sits behind the ultimate professional Alex Smith and had an offense absolutely loaded at every position with freak specimens.

  7. enoughofthatalready says:
    April 30, 2020 at 12:58 pm
    jasons81 says:
    April 30, 2020 at 12:40 pm
    They should have let Dalton be the Kitna here and let Burrow develop. It worked out great for Mahomes.

    The Bengals’ offense is not even close to the level of the Chiefs’ offense.

    ________

    I didn’t say that, my point was that Mahomes benefited from not being thrust into starting. Looking at all the top QB picks that were thrust into starting the last couple years and didn’t fare well I’d definitely be siding on caution here and letting him sit.

  8. Bad move; with $7M Cap, the motivation seems to be $$$. However, Burrows would benefit from learning the pro game before thrust out on the field. If he beat out the vet, like Russell Wilson did, then good for him.

  9. enoughofthatalready says:
    April 30, 2020 at 12:58 pm
    jasons81 says:
    April 30, 2020 at 12:40 pm
    They should have let Dalton be the Kitna here and let Burrow develop. It worked out great for Mahomes.

    The Bengals’ offense is not even close to the level of the Chiefs’ offense.

    If the Bengals had Pat Mahomes throwing to AJ, Boyd, Ross, Tee, and Mixon, I think that offense would be on par with KC’s

  10. One of those playoff losses 100% comes down to an almost comically theatrical factory of idiocy that started with an inexplicable fumble and then the final act by pacman jones and vontaze burfict in the last 4 minutes. I saw marvin Lewis holding back tears on the sideline as those idiots snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

  11. I would laugh if Dallas signed him and rescinded their offer to Dak. Dalton would play for a lot less than what Dak’s tag salary would be. He’s a better QB than Dak too.

  12. flyfishfanatic says:
    April 30, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    Everyone says the Pats will sign this guy…
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    When did Peter King become everyone?

  13. i do not think it would have been wise to keep dalton. every time burrow made a mistake people would start calling for Andy.

  14. godkingskovald says:
    April 30, 2020 at 1:12 pm
    Comparing Mahomes to anyone is bad. He came into arguably the greatest situation of any QB in decades. Has an all-time great offensive genius for a coach, sits behind the ultimate professional Alex Smith and had an offense absolutely loaded at every position with freak specimens.
    _________

    So you think if he started day one he would have been equally as successful?

  15. Andy, I have a $1,000,000 for you. Here, you have a chance to win a Super Bowl. I am not going to ask you to make all the plays; or play for a dysfunctional organization (We clean our showers here regularly. Are players are treated like kings by the way). How do I know that, ah Andy, behind me are 6 Lombardi Trophies. Ok, I understand you want to get paid more. But c’mon son, would you rather play for me, a grown man who has actually accomplished something in this game at every level of coaching? Or for some kid who ran around chasing Sean McVay, who yes is an offensive genius, but remember my last Super Bowl victory. Anyway, hit me up if your interested. Bill B.

  16. Depending on how much he wants and if the Titans can afford him, that would be a good fit.

  17. greedyjimfromtonhicken says:
    April 30, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Is it me or does the NFL seem to have a glut of good quarterbacks?

    Is it me or does the NFL seem to have a glut of veteran quarterbacks?
    There, I fixed it for you. If they were better than the top college QBs being picked, they’d still have jobs.

  18. radar8 says:
    April 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm
    The Bengals screwed up, yet again. Is anyone surprised?

    The Bengals had a great opportunity to allow their #1 draft pick to sit behind a pro…and learn. Some of the most successful QBs in league history started that way.

    Instead, it appears that the Bengals will throw Borrow into the fire. I wonder if the team owner even wants to win anything.

    Do you think Joe Burrow and Zach Taylor didn’t talk about him playing right away? You don’t think a group of young, offensive minded, former QB playing coaches haven’t given this a TON of consideration, especially in light of no real off season? Clearly they have a plan, and confidence in Burrow playing right away. Clearly Joe Burrow is as confident in anyone, in getting involved and creating this offense alongside the coaches and new teammates. Also, perhaps Andy wants a chance to earn a spot elsewhere, as he has no future in Cincy anymore. I cannot wait for the Bengals to put this all together and start winning real games in a couple years, there will not be enough feet to go in all the mouths…

  19. I can picture Andy doing Simone Biles style cartwheels as he received this news. Now go to the NFC somewhere.

  20. Dalton was very successful his first five years with the team but regressed as AJ Green declined as well … He never won a playoff game but still has plenty of football in him for the right system.

    The Raiders, Patriots and Lions could be good fits, Falcons also, because Ryan is running out of time …

  21. I understand the point about wanting him to learn sitting underneath a veteran, but do you really want him to learn his stuff from Andy Dalton?

    If he was sitting behind an aging Tom Brady or Russell Wilson or any other really good quarterback that would be one thing, but the last thing you want your new Star Quarterback to have is the mindset of Andy Dalton.

    Russell Wilson is Russell Wilson and plays like nobody else. I wouldn’t want him learning from a Matt Hasselbeck or anybody else frankly. They might just ruin him.

  22. Super high character guy with playoff appearances in his first 5 seasons in the league. Bengals doing the right thing by him, as they said they would. Class all around.

  23. Teams who need a solid starter and have a system that fits Dalton’s skillset, should be getting ahold of his agent. The dude is a lot better than his play indicates. Play on a horrible team and a player looks horrible.

  24. They released him because he requested it. They did that in return for him always being a team guy and always with class.

  25. Sweatpants World says:
    April 30, 2020 at 1:39 pm
    Andy, I have a $1,000,000 for you. Here, you have a chance to win a Super Bowl. I am not going to ask you to make all the plays; or play for a dysfunctional organization (We clean our showers here regularly. Are players are treated like kings by the way). How do I know that, ah Andy, behind me are 6 Lombardi Trophies. Ok, I understand you want to get paid more. But c’mon son, would you rather play for me, a grown man who has actually accomplished something in this game at every level of coaching? Or for some kid who ran around chasing Sean McVay, who yes is an offensive genius, but remember my last Super Bowl victory. Anyway, hit me up if your interested. Bill B.

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    P.S. – my top assistant – my miniature Siberian Husky – will speak with you first, and if he green lights you, then I will set up a time for you to visit.

  26. Jasons81, I’m not saying Mahomes wasn’t going to be great but to compare his situation against anyone else’s isn’t fair.

    I’m a Buffalo Bills fan and we traded KC the pick that ultimately became Mahomes. If we instead pick Mahomes and he becomes a Bill with Rick Dennison as his OC with that roster, he isn’t the phenom that we currently watch.

    Mahomes to KC in 2017 was the Perfect Storm for a QB to develop and succeed.

  27. It would not surprise me if the Bengals offer him a contract in a couple of months for $3-5 million to be a backup QB. He probably won’t get a better offer.

  28. Again, not a close follower of Cincy, but I’m mystified as to why Dalton was not retained to mentor Burrow. Perhaps he declined a pay cut, I don’t know. If he wasn’t even offered a chance to stay, that is a real head scratcher. OTOH, perhaps Dalton wanted a clean start somewhere else, which likely will be to his and his new team’s benefit

  29. The Bengals couldn’t afford him either. They were over the cap and could release him without a cap hit.

  30. Best of luck to the Red Rifle wherever he lands. A good guy, good citizen and a good QB who deserved better than the Bungles.While the Pats would be good place for him it depends on the $$ involved and what Belicheck is planning long term(good luck getting anything out of him on his strategic plans, long or short). Good pocket passer who can deliver with a good team around him.

    As much as I dislike the Cowboys that would be a good spot for Dalton. Good OL,great running game to slow down the pass rush, good receivers and a no nonsense straight forward HC with Dalton, the good soldier who will execute the game plan without complaint.

    As for those who think he’d be better than Dak, I think not. While Dalton is the superior pocket passer, if for no other reason through sheer repetition and experience, Dalton may be better not BETTER. Dispite the haters Dak is a fairly good pocket passer but not among the elite in that respect. Add his mobility however then I’d say Dak is better overall. But is he worth twice what Dalton is probably willing to sign for? With an extra $15M can the Cowboys sign/upgrade players who can make run at the SB?

  31. Haven’t had any $17.7 mil backups since Brock Osweiler, Joe Flacco, anyone else?

  32. The Bengals have announced the release of Dalton, a second-round pick in 2011. He led the team to five straight playoff berths.

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    And he doesn’t have one playoff win on his resume. You can blame burfict for a game but he was god awful in just about every other game.

  33. All of you salty fools (including Peter King et al) thinking Belichick either needed a Dalton, Newton, or is tanking for 2021, are all overlooking that last summer rookie Stidham already outplayed Hoyer to win the role of SOLE backup to Brady. And after the season Belichick was relaxed about Brady leaving, and didn’t draft a QB. And you are all overlooking that Stidham was seen a poss 1st rounder until a final year at college that wasn’t his fault as his offense disappeared around him (in fact he did a great job of digging in and managing the situation). Too soon to say just how good StiddyJ will be, but he’s already outplayed veteran Hoyer who is a borderline starter, and learned behind Brady for a year, so is ready for a shot.

  34. Why not accept like $5-6 million to be a backup ?
    I don’t understand the absolute greed of athletes.
    Although at least in the NFL they can just cut you.
    Not like the crappy NBA or MLB where they are stuck paying players no matter what.

  35. Dallas needs to sign Dalton, trade Dak for 2 No 1s and sign Newton. You could get both for less than Dak and likely get 2 No 1s to boot. Let Newton and Dalton compete for starting job with a super backup in the wings…..

  36. The last time Andy had a talented team around him he was in the running for mvp before he broke his thumb. If I’m dallas I offer him 20 million for 3 years and let Dak walk. Saves you 15-20 million a year for the same, if not better results.

  37. “Again, not a close follower of Cincy, but I’m mystified as to why Dalton was not retained to mentor Burrow.”
    ___________

    Because you can find a veteran QB to do that for a whole lot less than what Dalton was making. No sense spending starter sort of money for what any veteran could provide for pennies on the dollar.

  38. flyfishfanatic says:
    April 30, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    Everyone says the Pats will sign this guy, but New England literally has like $1 million in cap space due to all the dead money on the books this year for Brady. Dalton is no way playing for $1 million this year, so how would New England sign him? Who are they getting rid of or renegotiating to make room?

    The truth is, I think Belichick realizes the Pats are not Super Bowl contenders this year, assuming a season in even played. I believe he is committed to finding out what he has in Stidham, and if it’s not up to par, they will look to address QB next year with likely a much higher first-round pick to work with.

    127 17 Rate This

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    NE won SB 49 with 8.5 mil in dead money of Hernandez’s on the books. You keep talking as if Brady’s 13 million on the books will devastate the teambuild.

    NE will smoke rebuilding and discombobultaed Miami next year. You’ll see. BB is always 1-2 steps ahead and just because you’ve been in a coma 20 years not seeing that, that’s not anyone else’s problem/

    NE’s biggest problem from last year (once Wynn came in a LT), was Tom Brady. He’s gone.

    Every team carries dead money and when you have your future QB developed and ready to go at 550K, you’re in fantastic position, so anyone saying “Dalton to NE” clearly forgot to go to college.

    NE is loaded.

    Loaded with quality vets and a nice little infusion mix here of some younger players coming off what appears to be 3 nice drafts in a row.

    Best OL in the league, secondary, awesome looking drafts lately (especially 2019 which could go down as on the best yields ever like 1986 49ers level), and have their coaching staff in tact.

    I just looked at a roster projection by NESN’s Doug Kyed, and it matches mine. There will be few surprise cuts and camp competition (preseason games, if that) will be fierce. NE’s team is already built. They don’t need “cap space” other than seeing if they can extend Thuney and get some space. Or, they may have to trade him out and promote Forholdt to work next to Andrews.

    Either way, Stidham is the guy. I don’t know why people don’t believe it. BB was sold on Stidham last August and even more so in December taking the 1st team reps.

  39. You look at Cincinnati owner Mike Brown and it makes a lot of sense. Brown is just plain cheep. He doesn’t see paying a QB 7 mil to mentor another QB. That’s Mike Brown. I think it’s a dumb move, but it doesn’t matter I or anyone else thinks.

    There is a gut of starting QB who are unemployed. Winston took a 1 year deal for back up job with the Saints. I think that’s what Andy Dalton needs to do. Looking at other teams back up QB’s, they are a couple of teams where Andy Dalton is already better fit. I’m thinking Cowboys would be a fit. The backup is Cooper Rush who is completely untested in his 3 years. The Cowboys should make another run at winning the NFC East. If Dak goes down for any reason, can the Cowboys win with Rush at QB? That’s a huge question. I think Dalton would be a better fit.

  40. Pats fan here. Sorry Andy but we have less than $2M in the tank. Sorry for using the word “tank” because that’s really what we don’t want to do in 2020, tank for a higher draft pick. It’s just morally wrong even though it worked out great for the Dolphins. Tank you.

  41. Jags and Pats reportedly interested.

    Depressed asset at the right price = Belichick catnip

    If Pats grab him on the cheap for a year, that’s great. He can either push Stidham and Hoyer in preseason competition and be cut or make the team and possible contribute. Low risk, do it.

  42. tylawspick6 says:

    NE’s biggest problem from last year (once Wynn came in a LT), was Tom Brady. He’s gone.

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    Nope. Pats problems that were worse than that last year:
    1. 4 flameouts at WR (JGordon, ABrown, Harry and Sanu)
    2. being among league leaders in dropped passes
    3. almost no TE production due to very poor roster management
    4. sub-par offensive line play, losing starting center and FB didn’t help
    5. sub-par special teams, especially kicking game
    6. big step back in rushing attack from year before

    These are facts.

    Brady was fine last year, not great but certainly not the biggest liability. He With a better supporting cast, his numbers will be better this year (if healthy).

  43. tylawspick6 says:
    April 30, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    NE is loaded.

    Loaded with quality vets and a nice little infusion mix here of some younger players coming off what appears to be 3 nice drafts in a row.

    Best OL in the league, secondary, awesome looking drafts lately (especially 2019 which could go down as on the best yields ever like 1986 49ers level), and have their coaching staff in tact.
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    Completely laughable. OLine play was very uneven last year, especially without starting center and FB. Proven by their step back in the rushing game from ’18. Pats could have had Nick Chubb and their choice of Terry McLaurin, DK Metcalf, Deebo Samuel, etc. last two years. But they have Sony Michel and Harry who are just ok. Facts.

  44. Why do people say that it would be better to not throw Burrow into the fire right away? Didn’t the Bengals throw Andy into the fire right away in 2011 only to get them in the playoffs his first year?

  45. The Bengals made one good move (Burrows). Now they have reverted to type and made one bad one. Why have they released Dalton now? They knew all along they were taking Burrows. The Bengals have done Dalton dirty.

  46. The Bengals screwed up, yet again. Is anyone surprised?

    The Bengals had a great opportunity to allow their #1 draft pick to sit behind a pro…and learn. Some of the most successful QBs in league history started that way.

    Instead, it appears that the Bengals will throw Borrow into the fire. I wonder if the team owner even wants to win anything.

    The Bengals had to release Dalton. They need his cap space to sign draft picks and rookie free agents. He can still come back to the Bengals in that capacity if another opportunity doesn’t work out. No one will pay him 17.7 million this year so Mike Browns not so dumb.

  47. No one is paying Zak what he wants and paying two number ones. If Jones signed McDaniel as head coach Zak would be gone and they would have Brady and Gronk.

    But Jones is Jones.

  48. They appreciated Andy SO MUCH that they waited till every team filled their QB spots and had a chance to draft one before they released him. That kind of appreciation is the kind that Dalton can probably do without.It’s not like they were going to get a high pick for him given everyone knew Bungles were going with Burrow. Way to show your appreciation Bungles…

  49. Dalton continues to get a raw deal. Bungals would have been a worse team without him.

  50. tedbundysson, I hate your moniker but you are right about Cincy not doing Dalton any favors.

  51. New England has zero cap room. He is not signing with New England. BB is all in on Jarett Stidham. He wants his QB homegrown. He only had a few garbage time snaps (in which he threw a pick six) but he practiced all year against a good defense and Gilmore, McCourty and Hightower all have said the kid can play. It’s not changing.

  52. Chill, the Pats have 6 Lombardis this century, the rest of the NFL has 13. They also have Belichick, who has dominated the free agency NFL despite it being constructed to promote parity. Do you think he might know more than you about constructing an NFL winning team?

  53. They should have kept Dalton at least 1 year and let him mentor Burrow instead of throwing this kid under the bus let him sit and learn and then when the time is right give him the reins.

  54. We’ll see here if belichick really believes in Stidham or not.. if he doesn’t go after the Ginger Rocket he’s all in on Stidham.. you can forget Cam Newton too, never in a million years.

  55. edon8334 says:
    April 30, 2020 at 2:19 pm
    The Bengals have announced the release of Dalton, a second-round pick in 2011. He led the team to five straight playoff berths.

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    And he doesn’t have one playoff win on his resume. You can blame burfict for a game but he was god awful in just about every other game.

    ——————-

    McCarron played that game.

  56. Dallas may be too close to Houston,Dalton’s hometown, where he gets stage fright. I like him too much to say “choke”.

  57. I got downvoted so much for suggesting Dalton wasn’t the best guy to Mentor your new Superstar….yikes.

    LOL no playoff wins. No wonder Cincinnati is such a losing team… even the fans loves their losers.

    Andy won you nothing…. and you guys are crying about him going away?

    I guess you’re just happy to have a football team with nice guys on it.

  58. “The Bengals made one good move (Burrows). Now they have reverted to type and made one bad one. Why have they released Dalton now? They knew all along they were taking Burrows. The Bengals have done Dalton dirty”
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    So what if something happened to Burrow like a car accident or some other altering experience? The Bengals drafted Dennis Weathersbee in the 4th round of the 2003 draft. He was in a serious car accident.He never played a down of Pro Football.Chris Henry fell out of the back of a pick up truck and died.Are the Bengals the only team releasing players after the draft? Every team in the league waits until they have a replacement before they make a move.

  59. Bad move by Cincy. I’m not saying Dalton should be kept as a starting quarterback, but as a veteran backup?? Sure, I’m assuming this leads them to signing Joe Flacco. As for Dalton, i HOPE New England gets him (to backup), but I fear Jay Gruden will beg for him to come and if Jacksonville signs Dalton over Cam (even as a backup) that’s dumb. Dalton will only do so much and I’m still not as big on Minshew as others are. I think the tanking Jaguars sign Dalton to a 2 year deal and then in 2021 draft Trevor Lawrence

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