CINCINNATI — In his first feedback since being reduce Thursday, former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton stated he believes the delayed timing of his launch hindered his alternatives to affix one other group.
“This 12 months there have been a superb quantity of quarterbacks that have been obtainable,” 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 12 months began. I used to be nonetheless beneath contract and that harm me.”
The brand new league 12 months and official opening of free company was March 18. The Bengals, a historically conservative franchise on the open market, exhausted a lot of their obtainable salary-cap house on new gamers.
When that occurred, it successfully ensured the Bengals wouldn’t be capable to afford Dalton’s $17.7 million wage for the ultimate 12 months of his contract.
To compound the state of affairs, Cincinnati chosen quarterback Joe Burrow with the primary total decide within the draft, a choice 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 motive to hurry into something,” Dalton, who has but to signal with one other group, informed 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 desirous about it no less than let me attempt to see if I might find yourself some place else or no less than see if there’s curiosity in presumably getting traded,” Dalton stated on the time. “At that time, the way in which 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 taking a look at a possible commerce for Dalton. Chicago as an alternative 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 concerned about pursuing the veteran quarterback, in line with 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 obtained a spike in donations. The inspiration primarily serves critically sick and bodily challenged kids, in line with the bio listed on its web site.
In response to JJ, greater than 1,000 folks have contributed roughly $25,000 within the 24 hours since Dalton was launched. The same sequence of occasions occurred in October, when the inspiration obtained greater than 200 donations when Dalton was benched.