The same year the Bengals spent a first-round pick on A.J. Green, they took TCU quarterback Andy Dalton with their second-round pick. Dalton went on to spend nine years in Cincinnati and his final year saw the team win just two games, putting them in position to take Joe Burrow with the first overall pick.
The writing was on the wall for Dalton at that point and he was released in the 2020 offseason. He signed with the Cowboys and ended up playing in 11 games for them due to Dak Prescott’s injury. He signed with Chicago last offseason and appeared in eight games, splitting time with rookie Justin Fields.
Dalton now finds himself a free agent once again and with the quarterback market drying up quickly, the former Bengals franchise signal-caller is likely going to have to settle for a backup job once again. He’s no longer a starting option in the league but does provide a team with one of the better backup options.
Bengals fans want to see Dalton succeed, as long as it isn’t against the team that drafted him.