Despite the Cincinnati Bengals’ horrid start to 2019, quarterback Andy Dalton has played surprisingly well. At least in comparison to some of his more-recent efforts.
This could be because of first-year head coach Zac Taylor’s efforts to revamp the Bengals offense, of course. But there’s just as likely a chance Taylor wants to get his own guy under center sooner than later.
Especially if Cincinnati winds up with a top-five pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
The soon-to-be 32-year-old Dalton is signed through 2021, although the Bengals could part ways with him after this season with zero in dead money and $17.7 million in cap savings. Or, if they wanted, the Bengals could go after the No. 2 quarterbacking prospect in this year’s class, Oregon’s Justin Herbert, letting him sit behind Dalton for a year before taking over starting duties in 2021.
This would allow Cincy a full year to completely revamp the offense to Taylor’s liking.