The Cincinnati Bengals have been far more active than fans envisioned this free agency period.
Whether it’s signing cornerbacks, wide receivers, safeties, or the highest-paid nose tackle in football, Cincinnati has stayed on the edge of rumors for quite a few free agents.
Well, their options are still open, and they’re reportedly still looking to find deals, most notable one for long-time starting quarterback Andy Dalton.
“All options are still on the table for Andy Dalton,” Rapoport mentions in a short clip on NFL Total Access, adding that includes keeping Dalton for the 2020 season.
From @NFLTotalAccess: The #Bengals have kept QB Andy Dalton, thus far, and all options are still on the table -- including keeping him. pic.twitter.com/D1UWumyJ4N— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 25, 2020
Dalton was linked to both New England and Chicago before at least the latter found their 2020 starter, and as NFL Network’s Rapoport mentions, there’s no rush from the Bengals point of view to deal Dalton to one of these quarterback-needy organizations.
They want value for Dalton, a former Pro-Bowl caliber quarterback.
The Patriots need help under center. The Chargers still could Dalton. Even the Colts could use a quarterback that’s better than Jacoby Brissett. The options for Dalton are still out there, but the Bengals seem hooked on getting a deal they feel he’s worthy of.
The crown jewel to the Bengals offseason is Joe Burrow. It’s what the fans want, and it’s what the media is predicting. The No. 1 overall pick was destined to bring a leader the Bengals need to take their organization to the next level.
They’ve now spent the money, signing D.J. Reader to the highest paid contract for a nose-tackle in the NFL. They’ve paid Vonn Bell. They’ve paid A.J. Green. Now, they’ll snag Burrow.
The rumors of Dalton will continue, but the Bengals, if he’s not dealt, will likely cut him.
For now, just know that the Bengals options are open, and they’re still looking to make move to improve their two-win 2019 roster.