Cincinnati Bengals: The Three Best Times to Trade Andy Dalton
While this time frame may not seem the most ideal, it could actually net the Bengals the best return for their long-term future.
Imagine this scenario: A franchise was aggressive in free agency, filling holes on their roster with quality players. They nailed draft night, securing good, young players for the future. They begin the season by ripping off several wins against opponents that are generally contenders. The fans fill every seat in the stadium, the national media is buying into their status as a team that can do some damage in January. Then, their starting quarterback falls victim to injury, seemingly crushing the hopes of a championship.
It seems to happen often; a big name quarterback getting knocked out for an entire season. That’s where Dalton and the Bengals come in. If a scenario like the one above plays out, the opposing fan base could be given renewed optimism if their front office acquires Dalton. As a veteran quarterback who plays extremely well with a strong supporting cast, he could lead a team like the one described here on a run.
Even if a situation like this doesn’t happen, it’s likely at least one starting quarterback across the league will miss some time, and general managers will be willing to make a deal to save their franchise from falling into the NFL cellar.
The Bengals wouldn’t sweep Dalton’s cap hit under the rug in time for them to use the money in free agency, but they could net significantly better draft capital instead, as the level of desperation is increased in this case.
Don’t forget, this would allow Dalton to show Burrow the ropes and serve as a leader in the locker room until the deal is made.
If the team isn’t blown away by an offer in the off-season, this could very well be the time they decide to pull the trigger.