Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Cincinnati Bengals Deal Andy Dalton in NFL Draft?


Rumors are par for the course around NFL draft time and can’t be taken too seriously.  Still, should the idea of the Cincinnati Bengals trading Andy Dalton?

Blake Bortles and Derek Carr may offer upgrades to Dalton

Several teams heading into the draft can say with confidence they are a quarterback away from making the playoffs.  In the case of the Cincinnati Bengals they are one of those rare teams that can confidently say they are probably a quarterback away from reaching the Super Bowl.  Indeed thanks to a series of good drafts over the past few seasons the Bengals have put together a young and highly talented roster on both offense and defense.  Yet after three-straight playoff appearances they have not been able to show up when it matters.  In those games the biggest culprit for their shortcomings is an offense that hasn’t been able to score more than 10 points in any of them.  Responsibility for that must fall directly on the shoulders of the quarterback.  Andy Dalton was instrumental in the Bengals turnaround following the departure of Carson Palmer.  His leadership and ability to manage the game seemed perfect for the defensively-driven Bengals.  However, his limited size and arm strength always crop up at the worst possible time.  He can’t elevate his play when the team needs it the most.  So it wouldn’t surprise anybody that the Bengals might be looking for an upgrade.  Quarterbacks like Blake Bortles and Derek Carr certainly could look enticing.  Bortles stands three inches taller than Dalton and exhibited a calmness in big games throughout the 2013 season for UCF on their way to a Fiesta Bowl win.  Derek Carr is also taller, led the NCAA in passing and has one of the strongest arms in the draft.

Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans among possible deals

Obviously being rookies they wouldn’t be instant upgrade over Dalton but the Cincinnati Bengals know they might have to take that risk if they wish to compete for a championship before the window closes.  The only question is can they find an interested team to deal with?  While it’s unlikely they could make a jump all the way to #2 or #1 without surrendering a hardy supply of draft picks in addition to Dalton, they do have a couple of possible dealers to contact in the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans.  Minnesota is now under the direction of new head coach Mike Zimmer, who was defensive coordinator for Cincinnati before getting that job.  He knows Dalton very well and knows the 26-year old can run a game managing type scheme to fit his needs as defense-first coach.  It’s a move that would allow the Vikings to compete right away and avoid the need to rely on veteran Matt Cassel while they potentially develop their own rookie.  As for the Titans, Ken Whisenhunt is a renowned quarterback specialist.  His revival of Philip Rivers in San Diego was only his latest success story.  If Tennessee is not sold on current starter Jake Locker, and there are rumblings that could be the case, then dealing for a proven commodity like Dalton could see favorable.

The Cincinnati Bengals are the only ones who know their plans for the NFL draft on the 8th.  Until then this rumor regarding a trade of Andy Dalton is nothing more than another exciting topic to debate.

Tags: Andy Dalton Blake Bortles Cincinnati Bengals Derek Carr Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft Tennessee Titans

  • Ron Fulton

    I don’t believe ant team would give their Number 1 for Dalton. So this writing is moot.

    • Erik Lambert

      Dalton wouldn’t be traded for the #1, Ron. He would be packaged with the #24 pick. That way the Bengals avoid using extra draft picks in the deal.

      • Ron Fulton

        The team he was traded to would get the Bengals No, 1 pick and matbe a 3 or whatever. In my mind it;s still a 1.

      • Dr. Jimmy Rustler

        You are fucking insane if you think anyone would give a high first for Dalton + #24. No fucking chance.

        • Erik Lambert

          Stay classy, Jimmy.

  • Keith Marting

    Very doubtful this would happen, but if it did, it wouldn’t break my heart. I believe we’ve seen the best of Andy Dalton and it isn’t good enough.

    • Erik Lambert

      Many people agree with you.

  • Larry Funderburg

    You people are insane.

    • trinity

      I don’t think they should trade him right now exactly, but the idea of dropping Andy Dalton on his ass is definitely not insane. If the Bengals had a better quarterback, they would be the second biggest threat in the AFC next to Denver. Dalton is the problem.

      • Nathan

        Yea that true alot of team never seen the Bengals as a top 5 team but the scary thing is that they can be one real good QB and maybe a good CB form being a Top 3-4 team and another good WR wont hurt

  • SDAZT.STEEL66

    Mike Brown is a definite cheap-skate & Ginger Spice always crumbles when the postseason lights are on as well. Of course, dealing Dalton will be hard unless the following occur:

    Cincinnati is interested in and willing to play one of the top QBs in this draft.

    A team is willing to get a long-term extension into place for Dalton who is entering the final year of his rookie deal.

    Another team around the league actually believes that they can win a Super Bowl with Dalton and is willing to trade anything of value to acquire a quarterback who has yet to win a postseason game with the likes of Gio Bernard, AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert, Mohamed Sanu as his weapons and a capable offensive line in front of him.

    Having all of those things happen for a Dalton trade to happen however is definitely tough.

    • Erik Lambert

      Good points on all counts but keep in mind the Bengals were losing playoff openers even before Dalton got there. So you have to wonder is it him or Marvin Lewis who can’t get over the hump? Some team might reach that same conclusion and jump at the chance for an experienced, proven quarterback in his prime.

      • SDAZT.STEEL66

        70 for 123 for 1 touchdown and 6 interceptions in three postseason games is not the type of “proven quarterback” I want to take a chance on. Especially when he did so with the types of offensive weapons he had at his disposal.

        Marvin Lewis isn’t a great coach by any means, but I’ll laugh at whatever team pays Ginger Spice like a franchise quarterback. If the Bengals want to get over the hump, they’d better find a quarterback who can do so.

        • David A Maupin

          I would go coach first. See what Dalton can do with new coaching then if all fails get a QB. Also getting a guy to push him would help him light a fire under his *ss. Marvin has all the talent in the world and you can win enough games in a weak ACC on sheer talent but you can’t go any where in the playoffs without coaching. Marvin is best as a coordinator. His v time as head coach has past.

  • Paul Engleson

    The Vikings would be stupid if they traded for Dalton, Stop with the stupid ideas. Minnesota is going to draft a QB a good QB we don’t repeat Don’t need another stupid deal getting another has been QB so stop with the stupid ideas ok.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Why would the Vikings trade them a pick that could land a better QB than Dalton ~ ???? That makes no sense ~ The Vikings are still in rebuild mode ~

  • Nathan

    Bengals trade Andy Dolton 2nd and 5th round pick to Raiders for there 1st and 4th Round picks Bengals take a QB and DE in first Round then take OT round 3 then take CB and LB in round 4