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Bengals lose 2 ideal suitors in hunt to trade Andy Dalton

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This is not ideal for Cincinnati.

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Ever since the team’s season finale against the Cleveland Browns, it was clear that Andy Dalton most likely wouldn’t suit up for the orange and black again.

With the No. 1 overall pick in the coming draft after just two wins in 2019, the Bengals seemed locked in on what they hope to be their next franchise quarterback in Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow.

Well, their starting quarterback for almost the past decade still has one year on his contract and some market to be traded. Entering free agency, teams like Indianapolis, New England, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay were looking for a new signal caller.

Tampa Bay is adding Tom Brady. Now, reports are coming out that the Chargers will be going with Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback, and then, of course, we learned that the Bears traded for Nick Foles,

The Bears, Buccaneers, and Chargers are all out on a new quarterback. Who does that leave? The New England Patriots now become the No. 1 potential destination for Dalton, but they’re reportedly not looking to spend much money on a Brady replacement.

Dalton, who is owed in the ball park of $17 million, would potentially be cut if they can’t find him a new home. While he’d certainly still be snagged off of the market, the team would preferably find a capable destination for him.

Throwing 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2019, Dalton may not have a recent track record of success, but at the end of the day, the former Pro Bowler is as good as the team that he’s surrounded by.

He doesn’t have that “wow” factor, but he is a quarterback good enough to captain a Super Bowl-contending roster. But, whether he’s worth the price that Cincinnati is asking is an entirely new question.

For now, what we do know is that Dalton’s market is shrinking by the day, and the Bengals don’t seem too adamant about finding him a new home.