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Bengals QB Andy Dalton not expecting to receive contract extension this year

Andy Dalton, Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are heading into a transitional season. After 16 long years, the team finally moved on and fired Marvin Lewis. They brought in offensive whizkid Zac Taylor to replace him, and the 35-year-old is firmly in control.

Taylor will be taking his time to evaluate things, and Lewis isn’t the only longtime Bengal who could be gone. The team has made it clear they’re not 100 percent sold on Andy Dalton, and he’ll have a lot to prove in 2019. Many have speculated that the Bengals could take a quarterback early in this week’s draft, including with the 11th overall pick.

Despite that talk, the TCU product isn’t too worried about the team taking a signal-caller in the first round.

“There are a lot of indications that we’ll take other things,” Dalton said, per Geoff Hobson of the team’s official site. “I hope we get a player in the first round that can help us win now.”

Recently, owner Mike Brown said the team wasn’t in any rush to extend Dalton, and that he would need to prove himself this season. Dalton isn’t too concerned about that either.

“I still have two years left on my deal,” Dalton said. “I wasn’t expecting it to happen right now. They want me to see me play this year. I expected that going in. I wasn’t thinking about a contract right now. I’m excited about what we’re doing. I expect for us to have a good year and for me to be here a long time.”

Dalton, of course, has to proclaim confidence publicly, but it’ll be interesting to see if he can translate that to the field. If he falters in 2019, he might not be around much longer.