Bengals coach Zac Taylor opens up about Andy Dalton’s immediate future
All signs point toward the Cincinnati Bengals taking LSU quarterback Joe burrow with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. As a result, there is still some speculation regarding quarterback Andy Dalton’s uncertain future.
The Bengals are set to pay a hefty, non-guaranteed $17.5 million salary to Dalton for the 2020 NFL season unless they opt to part ways. According to Elise Jesse of WLWT, head coach Zac Taylor says the team is still doing their due diligence on the situation:
“Every option is on the table out there,” Taylor said. “We’re trying to put ourselves in the best position to make sure we’re prepared for next season and we have the best assets we can have. We think the world of Andy, obviously. It’s just kind of a weekly process for us.”
Dalton’s lucrative salary has not prevented the Bengals from making a number of notable additions in free agency to help with the preparation of Burrow’s arrival. Taylor’s comments indicate that perhaps they are keen to the prospect of keeping him around.
Dalton’s wealth of experience as a starter could pay huge dividends for Burrow’s development under center. Despite Cincinnati’s efforts this offseason, this team still has a number of voids to fill on the roster before emerging out of its rebuilding stage. It seems they are in no rush to part ways with a trusted, veteran option under center in a deal that is not beneficial for all sides involved.
Of course, it remains to be seen just how open Dalton is to potentially serving as a bridge quarterback until the Bengals feel comfortable with Burrow as the full-fledged starter.