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Bengals News (5/7): No favors

The Bengals did what was best for the team with Andy Dalton.

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Bengals 2020 Schedule Will Be Announced Thursday Night
The Bengals are offering fans an exclusive first-look at the 2020 schedule. The team will unveil the full schedule on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on and Bengals social media, 30 minutes prior to the start of the Schedule Release '20 show on NFL Network.

Bengals "weren't moving off that first pick" with Joe Burrow available
“We don’t talk publicly about offers. We really weren’t interested in trading it anyway,” Duke Tobin, the Bengals’ director of player personnel, told Geoff Hobson of the team website.

Bengals 2020 opponents review ahead of official schedule release
Now would be a good time to loop back and review the Cincinnati Bengals opponents list for home and away games, which finalized back in December.

Andy Dalton to Dallas Cowboys: Bengals did QB no favors
For three weeks, anyway, then I’m furloughed again. It’s like working on an Alaskan fishing boat without the waves or the overtime. I return from forced and unpaid exodus with a homemade haircut and a better appreciation for money. And the millions of Americans not making any.

Stephen Jones says Cowboys having Andy Dalton as backup QB is comparable to when Eagles had Nick Foles
When the Cincinnati Bengals released Andy Dalton after using the first-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on quarterback Joe Burrow, they gave nearly every other team in the league an opportunity to upgrade their backup quarterback situation by signing Dalton. In the end, it was the Dallas Cowboys who benefited from Dalton's availability. Last week, they signed him to a one-year deal worth only $3 million guaranteed (up to $7 million), which immediately gives them one of the best backup quarterback situations in all of football.

How many games will Joe Burrow and the Bengals win next season?
The Bengals have been as active as any NFL team this offseason. They completely remade their defense, drafted Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in the draft and hope to be competitive in 2020. The latest NFL win totals at William Hill have the Bengals at five games. Cincinnati finished 2-14 last season. Only the Jaguars have a lower win total at 4.5 games.

The Bears Were Reportedly "Very Close" to Trading for Andy Dalton
When Andy Dalton signed an inexpensive deal to join the Cowboys as Dak Prescott’s backup, there was a bit of grumbling from Bears fans who bemoaned the fact that it wasn’t Chicago’s football team that added a quarterback at a bargain-basement price.

Around the league

Memo sent to teams for path to reopening facilities
Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo Wednesday laying out protocols on how facilities may reopen, which includes consent from state government officials, establishment of a club infection response team, social distancing and other measures, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Roundup: Cowboys sign ex-Chiefs OL Cameron Erving
Erving's three-year run in Kansas City came to an end after helping the Chiefs to the Super Bowl, as he played in 13 games last year with eight starts (he had just one postseason snap, though it was in the Super Bowl).

Saban: Ruggs-Jeudy debate a matter of preference
"I think it's a matter of personal preference, choice, whatever you want to call it," Saban told NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano Wednesday on NFL Now. "I think receivers are a little bit like a basketball team, you got a point guard, you got a two-guard, you got a swing forward, you got a power forward, they're all different but they're all very critical to being successful as a team.

QB Sam Darnold not taking post-Brady Patriots lightly
"With a great player like Tom Brady, obviously leaving is a big deal," Darnold told reporters Tuesday, via the New York Daily News. "It's headlines. For us, every single game in the NFL is a tough one and I think any player can attest to that. So, we're not going to take anyone more lightly even though one of the greatest players -- if not the greatest player -- of all-time left the organization. We're not going to take them any more lightly."