Bengals looking for Dalton to ‘re-establish’ himself

Field Level Media

March 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm.

Andy Dalton has started all but eight games at quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals in the past eight seasons, but the team is taking a wait-and-see approach about its future at the position.

Dalton did miss the final five games of last season because of torn thumb ligaments.

Owner Mike Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer that there will be no offseason talk of a contract extension with the 31-year-old Dalton, who is signed through 2020.

“I think it’s a good year for (Dalton) to show like he can, like we think he will. After he re-establishes himself we would want to get together with him and see if we can extend it,” Brown said.

“I think Andy is a good player and that he will rebound off last year. He was hurt. We lost so many other pieces. It fell apart, but if he’s healthy and we stay healthy enough, I have confidence in him.”

Dalton, who has a record of 67-50-2 as a starter, will have to mesh with new head coach Zac Taylor. Dalton is 0-4 in the playoffs.

Dalton, a second-round pick in 2011, started 11 games in 2018, posting a 4-6 record. He completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 2,566 yards, with 21 interceptions and 11 touchdowns.

He is set to make $16 million this season in the second-to-last year of a six-year deal.