Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterbackAndy Dalton
(14) reacts after a play against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Despite the questions surrounding free agent Andre Smith, the Cincinnati Bengals have quietly resigned most of their star players, especially on defense. Still left with more money than any other NFL team, Cincinnati will likely roll over approximately 10MM for next year, and will also preserve a certain amount for wiggle room with contracts for those players taken in the draft.
And with the return of most defensive leaders, the 2013 Bengals already have the appearance of a team ready to start next year firing on all cylinders.
In fact, if I was a betting man, I might place money on Cincinnati gunning for the AFC North crown over perennial favorites Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
That’s not just because of the numerous injuries to Cincinnati’s most threatening rivals.
In fact, the reason is right in Cincinnati, and rests on the shoulders of the young man who wears the jersey with the No. 14 on it: 25 year-old Andrew Gregory Dalton.
Andy Dalton as we know him, is going to be entering his third year as the Cincinnati Bengals’ starting quarterback. And it will surely be the year that tells Bengals fan where the franchise is headed.