James Rapien

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Could the Bengals move on from Andy Dalton in 2018?

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Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com wrote about 14 quarterbacks who could be playing elsewhere in 2018. This may shock you, but Andy Dalton made the list. He didn't say it was likely the team could move on from Dalton, but he wonders what would happen if the teams 2016 struggles carried over into 2017?

"I could see the Bengals going in a very different direction moving forward should 2017 resemble 2016," La Canfora wrote. "And if they do, they could opt to move Dalton and move forward with AJ McCarron as their QB. He's younger and cheaper and while Dalton hasn't been a problem at QB by any stretch, they structured that deal with incredibly team-friendly, pay-as-you-go options throughout. For all the rumblings about them dealing McCarron the past two offseasons, who's to say they don't let him be part of a rebuild and see what they could fetch in return for an established quarterback?"

I don't think it'll happen, but it is an interesting thought from La Canfora. A.J. McCarron could be a free agent after this season and could fetch a contract that resembles what Dalton makes currently. If Dalton bombed with the weapons the Bengals added, I think eyes would be on offensive coordinator Ken Zampese and offensive line coach Paul Alexander. 

I may not be the biggest Dalton fan, but it's hard for me to see a scenario where I'd be in favor of moving on from him next offseason.

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