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Andy Dalton wants to be a starter in the NFL but clearly knows it may not be in Cincinnati

For the first time in his career, Dalton is facing uncertainty.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, ending the season with a 2-14 record.

The consensus pick is Joe Burrow.

The Heisman trophy winner has been absolutely dominant at the collegiate level. He had seven first-half touchdowns in LSU’s College Football Playoffs semifinal performance and has a skill set that should translate flawlessly to the sport’s highest level.

Burrow is the obviously No. 1 pick, and if that comes to reality, Andy Dalton’s time in Cincinnati may be all but over. He knew that, reporters knew that, and the fans knew that.

However, Dalton still has love for this city and was appreciative of the support he’s been shown by the fanbase. Dalton spoke on the chants that poured in as the Bengals defeated their rivals in Week 17.

“It means a lot. There’s been a lot of support from this city, for not only what we’ve done on the field, but what we’ve done off of it. This city’s meant a lot to me and my family. Like I was talking about earlier this week, I’ve spent my whole married life here, and my three kids have been raised here. The city has meant a lot to us. It feels good to get the appreciation from the fans chanting my name,” Dalton said.

The quarterback that’s led Cincinnati for nine straight seasons has one goal in mind for the future: start.

“I want to be a starter in this league. I know I can do that. I just want the opportunity to be a starter. We’ll see how that goes,” Dalton noted following the team’s 33-23 victory on Sunday.

Like fans and even management, there’s nothing set in stone as far as future is concerned, because, if we’re honest, the Bengals may make the most Bengals move in history and selected dominant defense end Chase Young.

That’s why Dalton didn’t burn the bridge. He, like everyone else, has no idea what the next few months will detail.

“I don’t know. I have no idea what’s going to happen, guys.”

Dalton ended the 2019 season with 3,494 yards, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 13 games. One fun fact is that Dalton notched 528 pass attempts, as much as his second season in the league in which he started all 16 games.

Taylor used Dalton more than Lewis ever did. Clearly it didn’t work in the Red Rifle’s favor.