Bengals QB Andy Dalton not thinking about his immediate future
The Cincinnati Bengals are on the verge of some drastic changes after one of their most disappointing seasons in recent memory. Cincinnati has won only one game this season heading into their Week 17 matchup against the division rival Cleveland Browns.
With the 2019 campaign a forgettable experience, to say the least, the future of veteran quarterback Andy Dalton is very much up in the air as it appears a parting of the ways is on the horizon. Dalton was recently asked whether he’d be focused on his uncertain future as the season comes to a close for the Bengals, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
“Won’t be my focus at all,” Dalton said. “Just playing and trying to lead this team and play well. After the fact, we’ll see what happens.”
As a result of their record, the Bengals have already locked up the No. 1 pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft even ahead of the last game of the season. The consensus seems to be that Cincinnati will go with a quarterback with that pick with most believing that Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU will be their selection once they are on the clock on draft day.
As for Dalton, even though he’s under contract for the 2020 NFL season, the Bengals will likely part ways with him leaving him without a job. He could be one of many veteran quarterbacks looking for work. Philip Rivers and Eli Manning are two other notable veterans that will almost certainly be looking for another job or strongly considering retirement.