After nine years with the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback Andy Dalton has been released.
The move was not a surprise after the Bengals finished 2019 with the worst record in football. With the No. 1 overall pick, the Bengals selected LSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.
The Bengals took to Twitter to send him off in a classy way.
“We have released QB Andy Dalton,” the Bengals wrote. “Andy has not only been an outstanding player on the field, but a role model in the Cincinnati community for the last nine years. Thank you for everything, Andy.”
Dalton arrived in Cincy with star wide receiver AJ Green in 2011. The duo led the best string of success since the 1980s. In his first five years in the league, the Bengals had a 50-26-1 record and five playoff appearances. That included two AFC North titles and a franchise-record tying 12 wins in 2015.
Some believed that Burrow was going to challenge Dalton for the starting job, but this move shows the Bengals are all in.
The Bengals will be the 11th team to have a different starting quarterback from last season once the 2020 year begins.
We have released QB Andy Dalton. Andy has not only been an outstanding player on the field, but a role model in the Cincinnati community for the last nine years.
Thank you for everything, Andy. pic.twitter.com/pBj9THIot5
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 30, 2020
There are some reports that suggest the New England Patriots will be a destination for Dalton given his veteran status in the league. The Patriots lost Tom Brady after a 20-year run to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Where do you think Dalton will play next season?