Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said they’re “very comfortable” with Andy Dalton being their quarterback moving forward, but that won’t stop them from looking at other quarterback prospects.
“We’re very comfortable with Andy,” Tobin said. “We think he’s got a number of years left. We feel like we can win with him. But with any position group, we don’t just throw away the whole draft board at a group just because we’re satisfied with who we have. We’ll evaluate them and look at them and see if there’s an opportunity to add a guy at every position.”
A month ago, Ian Rapoport reported that Daltons’ future in Cincinnati is “secure” and he’s expected to return to the team next season, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
The Bengals placed Dalton on injured reserve with a thumb injury in December after undergoing thumb surgery.
Dalton, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Bengals back in 2011. He’s currently in the fifth year of his seven-year, $97.09 million contract, which includes $17 million guaranteed.
Dalton stands to make base salaries of $13.7 million and $16 million over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2018, Dalton appeared in 11 games for the Bengals and thrown for 2,566 yards while completing 61.9 percent of his passes to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.