The Cincinnati Bengalis decided to release Andy Dalton on Thursday morning, but it’s not quite their decision. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL network, Dalton has asked to be released from Cincinnati.
Andy Dalton has asked to be released from #Bengals, according to the source. https://t.co/jY4499hBsv.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) 30. April 2020.
Since a few months Bengal is trying to find a business partner for Dalton without success. After Cincinnati didn’t trade him, he made it clear to Dalton that if he wanted to leave, they would let him go, according to ESPN’s Deanna Rucini.
The Bengalis always said if Andy Dalton wanted to leave, they’d let him go. That’s exactly what they did.
– Diana Rucini (@diannaESPN) 30. April 2020.
Since last season, the name Dalton has been floating in the air as a possible business candidate. But as the teams in need of a quarterback broke up quickly, his trading market was sterile this offseason.
Until the NFL Draft 2020, the Bengal seemed happy to keep Dalton in the team for next season. While Joe Barrow chose number one, Cincinnati was happy to have his support as a veteran quarterback.
However, Dalton is clearly not interested in maintaining this role in the coming season. That’s why he asked for his release, and now he has the opportunity to consider all his options before signing the contract with the new team.
Dalton has been Cincinnati’s starting quarterback for nine seasons. During the first four seasons with the Bengal he helped the team in the low season. Although he failed to win a play-off match, his performance in the Cincinnati play-offs was highly regarded, as he only competed twice in the post-season competition, from 1991 to 2010.
The Bengals were ready to start the next season with Dalton as Burrow’s replacement quarterback. But apparently he had other plans and his application was accepted, which allowed him to start again elsewhere.