According to NFL insider, Adam Schefter, Andy Dalton’s tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals has come to an end, as he has been released from the team.
Dalton, who was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, has been the Bengals starting QB for the last 9 seasons.
During his time with the team, Daltons stat line was nothing short of eye-opening. In just 9 seasons, he was able to set the franchise record in TD passes (204,) became the franchises second all-time leading passer (32,838), was a three-time pro bowler and led the Bengals to playoffs appearances in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
This news comes just days after the Bengals drafted former Heisman winning quarterback, Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in this year’s draft. With Dalton’s current contract being valued at over 96 million dollars, which would equate him making 17.7 million dollars during the upcoming season, the Bengals had no other choice but to let him go.
Dalton will leave a lasting legacy with the Bengals but as the old saying goes; when one door closes, another one opens. The Joe Burrow era in Cincinnati has officially begun.