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Bengals brass release statement on Andy Dalton

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The Cincinnati Bengals released quarterback Andy Dalton on Thursday, officially bringing a nine-year partnership to an end.

President Mike Brown said Dalton “holds a special place in my heart” and thanked him for always carrying about his business in a professional manner (per the team’s website):

“Andy will always hold a special place with this franchise, and I know that he holds a special place in my heart,” said team president Mike Brown. “This is a hard day for our club because we know and appreciate what a consummate professional Andy has always been. We respect and appreciate Andy, and we thank him.”

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor also chimed in, noting Dalton and his family will also be remembered for their efforts in and around the Cincinnati community:

“Andy will always be considered a key member of the Bengals’ organization,” said Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. “His teammates and coaches appreciate his leadership and his commitment to winning. Just as importantly, Andy and his wife JJ are leaving a lasting impact in the community with the incredible work their foundation has done over the years. Andy and his family have meant a lot to this team and this city, and we wish them the best in the future.”

Dalton reportedly asked for his release, which only makes sense given the Bengals are going in a different direction after drafting LSU quarterback No. 1 overall last weekend.

Still, Dalton helped drag the Bengals out of mediocrity and helped lead a fairly established winner in Cincinnati.

The Bengals made the playoffs in four consecutive seasons between 2011 and 2014, with Dalton being named to the Pro Bowl twice in that span. He finishes his Bengals career with a 70-61 record.

Brown and Taylor make it abundantly clear Dalton’s contributions will not be forgotten.