CINCINNATI — In his first feedback since being minimize Thursday, former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton stated he believes the delayed timing of his launch hindered his alternatives to hitch one other group.
“This yr there have been quantity of quarterbacks that have been out there,” Dalton stated when requested about potential commerce choices in a narrative printed by Bengals.com on Friday night time. “I feel it will have labored out in a different way if I had been a free agent when the brand new league yr began. I used to be nonetheless underneath contract and that damage me.”
The brand new league yr and official opening of free company was March 18. The Bengals, a historically conservative franchise on the open market, exhausted a lot of their out there salary-cap area on new gamers.
When that occurred, it successfully ensured the Bengals wouldn’t be capable of afford Dalton’s $17.7 million wage for the ultimate yr of his contract.
To compound the state of affairs, Cincinnati chosen quarterback Joe Burrow with the primary total decide within the draft, a call that had been speculated about since earlier than the tip of final season. The Bengals have been unable to discover a commerce associate for Dalton within the ensuing days, and he was launched Thursday.
“I am certain groups knew they [the Bengals] have been going to take a quarterback No. 1 and they might launch me and there was no purpose to hurry into something,” Dalton, who has but to signal with one other group, instructed Bengals.com
Dalton made related feedback after Bengals coach Zac Taylor knowledgeable him he was going to be benched simply hours earlier than the midseason commerce deadline final Oct. 29.
“I want if he was eager about it at the very least let me attempt to see if I might find yourself someplace else or at the very least see if there’s curiosity in probably getting traded,” Dalton stated on the time. “At that time, the best way it was dealt with, there wasn’t sufficient time to even have that occur.”
Dalton returned to the highest of the depth chart after a three-game stint on the bench and led the Bengals to their solely two victories of the season.
This offseason, the Bears have been reportedly a possible commerce for Dalton. Chicago as a substitute opted to deal a fourth-round decide to Jacksonville for quarterback Nick Foles on March 31. Jacksonville employs Dalton’s former offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden, in the identical place and is excited by pursuing the veteran quarterback, in response to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.
Dalton made 133 begins in his nine-year run with Cincinnati and led the group to the playoffs from 2011 to 2015.
After his Thursday launch, the non-profit basis run by Dalton and his spouse, JJ, has acquired a spike in donations. The muse primarily serves severely sick and bodily challenged youngsters, in response to the bio listed on its web site.
In keeping with JJ, greater than 1,000 folks have contributed roughly $25,000 within the 24 hours since Dalton was launched. The same collection of occasions occurred in October, when the muse acquired greater than 200 donations when Dalton was benched.