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Report: Bengals Willing to Listen to Offers for QB Andy Dalton

It seems more apparent than ever that the Bengals are going to draft a quarterback with the first overall pick in the draft, so it comes to no surprise that the team is willing to trade long time starter at QB Andy Dalton.

No word on exactly what the Bengals want for Dalton, but it would be hard to think they could get a first-round pick for him.

It sounds like they would have to settle for maybe a 3rd to 6th round pick for him instead. Also with the high amount of quarterbacks on the free agent market, teams are not going to rush to make a deal for a quarterback when they can basically ‘buy’ one on the free agency market.

What’s the Status of the Bengals Receiving Core as Free Agency Closes In?

NFL.com has a new article out discussing how things look to be shaping up with free agency ready to start very soon, and how teams wide receiver cores are looking going into the process.

With likely a new QB coming to town with the first overall pick, it would be great to see the Bengals get a wide out in free agency.

You can read the entire article HERE – for now here’s what the piece says about the Bengals receiver situation.

Top three WRs in 2019: Tyler Boyd (90-1,046-5), Auden Tate (40-575-1), Alex Erickson (43-529-0).

With injuries hampering the starters — including A.J. Green, who did not play a snap — throughout the season, it’s not overly surprising that the Bengals’ wide receivers managed only a 47.2 reception percentage on third down (31st in the NFL). Presuming Green returns, the talent potential for having the seven-time Pro Bowler share the field with John Ross and Boyd is very high. But other pieces of the offensive puzzle, including the offensive line and as-yet-unfilled quarterback position, must come together for the receiving corps to really shine.

Who Would the Bengals Use the Franchise Tag on If Needed in 2020?

USA Today has released an interesting article regarding the ever unpopular (at least for players) ‘Franchise tag’ and how team’s may use it in 2020.

It seems like every team has an option to use the franchise tag, which stops a player from even negotiating with outside teams and forces them to stay put.

To see the entire list of all 32 teams and the players that might be franchised, click HERE.

Here’s what the article has to say about the Bengals, who they say may franchise wide out A.J. Green.

Even though WR A.J. Green will cost more than $18 million to tag, it’s probably prudent to retain him even in light of his recent injuries … especially if it will, in fact, smooth QB Joe Burrow’s anticipated arrival.

Bengals Finalize Coaching Staff with the Hiring of Two Coaches

The Bengals finalized their coaching staff for the 2020 season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Zac Taylor and the Bengals announced the hiring of assistant wide receivers coach Troy Walters and assistant special teams coach Colt Anderson.

Walters spent the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Nebraska. He also served as an assistant coach at Central Florida, Colorado, North Carolina State, Texas A&M and Indiana State.

Prior to becoming an assistant coach, Walters was an NFL wide receiver and special teams specialist from 2000-2007.

Walters won college football’s Fred Biletnikoff Award his senior year (1999) at Stanford.

Anderson joins the Bengals coaching staff after playing eight years in the NFL as a safety and special teams player. He most recently played for the Buffalo Bills in 2017. Anderson entered the league in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Montana.

“We are excited to add Troy and Colt to the staff,” Taylor said in a statement. “Both guys are excellent additions to our receiver and special teams units, and they will be able to use the traits that made them great players in this league to help our players now.”

Could QB Andy Dalton Be on the Chopping Block for the Bengals This Offseason?

Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Bengals the site has picked QB Andy Dalton as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about Dalton getting cut.

Cincinnati Bengals – QB Andy Dalton

Dead Cap Hit $1M, Cap Saving $17.7M

The writing has long been on the wall regarding the end of the Andy Dalton era with the Cincinnati Bengals. They benched him in favor of Ryan Finley during the season, only to go back to him once they realized Finley simply wasn’t up to the role of being a starting NFL quarterback. Dalton was not at his best on the woeful Bengals to be brutally honest.

He posted a new career-low in adjusted yards per attempt (6.0), and his passer rating and QBR were also the lowest he has ever had. Among the 20 quarterbacks with at least 500 drop backs, Dalton was joint last with 0.01 Passing NEP per drop back. The Bengals will be taking a quarterback with the first overall pick in the draft — you can bank on it

A.J. Green Does Not Want the Franchise Tag

Impending free agent wide receiver A.J. Green would prefer to avoid getting slapped with the franchise tag for 2020 according to Elis Jesse of WLWT.

“A franchise tag is not the best thing,” Green conceded, though the seven-time Pro Bowler also added he’s not in a position to turn down $18 million. “I love the city of Cincinnati. I love the team,” Green continued. “I always wanted to be here my whole career and I feel like we have the pieces if I were to stay healthy.”

There are plenty of observers who believe both Green and the Bengals organization would be better off ending their relationship and embarking on fresh starts. But Bengals owner/GM Mike Brown is a very stubborn man and likes to hold on to his homegrown players, even when clinging to the past keeps the organization from moving forward. Green has appeared in just nine games the past two years due to a lingering toe injury and offseason ankle surgery and never made it onto the field at all in 2019. He turns 32 years old in July.

Nevertheless, head coach Zac Taylor said earlier this week that re-signing Green is “a priority” and that there will “have to be” contract negotiations this spring. Both sides have said that they would prefer a long-term deal but the Bengals could buy themselves some time by utilizing the franchise tag despite Green’s opposition.

Either way, Green will collect a healthy payday in 2020 even if he does not secure the future security he wants.

Bengals Tobin Responds to Report Team Won’t Trade Top Pick – ‘News to Me’

Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin addressed an ESPN report from this past weekend that the team does not intend to consider a trade of the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – indicating that the report is “news to me,” Dave Clark of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Bengals have no intention of trading the No. 1 pick in April’s draft.

“I don’t know that any decision has been made for what we’re going to do in April. We’re early in the process,” Tobin said. “We certainly haven’t had any meetings to determine that at this point. Those will be meetings we’ll have as we go through the process.”

Schefter said that with former LSU assistant Joe Brady becoming Carolina’s offensive coordinator, “there has been mounting speculation that the Panthers are plotting to move up to the No. 1 pick to draft Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.”

Former Bengals Coach Sam Wyche Dies at 74

One of, if not the most successful head coach in Bengals history has passed away, as the Bengals announced on Thursday the passing of ex-coach Sam Wyche.

The former Bengals coach, who led the team to the Super Bowl in the 1988 season, was 74 years old.

Wyche coached the Bengals from 1984 to 1991, and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992 to 1995, compiling a regular-season record of 84-107.

His most successful season as head coach came in the 1988 when his Bengals went 12-4 and made it to Super Bowl XXIII, where they lost 20-16 on a last-minute touchdown pass from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.

“Sam was a wonderful guy,” Bengals President Mike Brown said Thursday. “We got to know him as both a player and a coach. As our coach, he had great success and took us to the Super Bowl. He was friends with everyone here, both during his tenure as head coach and afterwards. We not only liked him, we admired him as a man.

“He had a great generosity of spirit and lived his life trying to help others. We express our condolences to Jane and his children Zak and Kerry.”