The Bengals will release quarterback Andy Dalton on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Dalton started 133 games for the Bengals from 2011-19, going 70–61–2. The TCU product is Cincinnati’s all-time leader in touchdown passes.
The Bengals were largely respectable with Dalton, reaching the postseason in four straight years from 2011-15. But after a four-year playoff drought, Cincinnati opted to go in a new direction this offseason.
Cincinnati’s move to release the veteran QB follows its decision to select Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy with LSU in 2019, and he won the National Championship.
The Bengals finished last in the AFC North in 2019 at 2–14. They have not won a playoff game since 1990.