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Mike Brown has confidence in Andy Dalton, but no extension in 2019

The Bengals want to see what Dalton does in 2019 before giving him a new deal.

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The Bengals are undergoing one of the biggest overhauls in Mike Brown’s tenure as owner of the team.

Since 2011, Brown has watched as Andy Dalton led this team as the franchise quarterback, though he’s had his ups and downs throughout. With a new coaching staff, there’s been rampant speculation as to whether the Bengals could look for Dalton’s replacement in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Based on where the Bengals are picking at No. 11 overall, that will prove challenging, but the good thing is Cincinnati still has Dalton under contract for two more years.

And it’s going to stay that way for the time being.

In an interview with Fletcher Page of the Cincinnati Enquirer,

“I think it’s a good year for (Dalton) to show like he can, like we think he will,” said Brown. “After he re-establishes himself we would want to get together with him and see if we can extend it.

”I think Andy is a good player and that he will rebound off last year. He was hurt. We lost so many other pieces. It fell apart, but if he’s healthy and we stay healthy enough, I have confidence in him.”

Dalton suffered a season-ending thumb injury vs. Cleveland in Week 12. Prior to the injury, he completed 226 of 365 passes for 2566 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season (89.6 passer rating).

It was shaping up to be a fine year for Dalton, but a rash of injuries throughout the offense derailed those hopes.

If Dalton can pick up where he left off before the offense fell off last season, he should have a nice year under new head coach Zac Taylor, who is the kind of offensive-minded coach that could get the most out of Dalton.

If that happens, then expect a nice payday to come Dalton’s way in 2020.