|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 215 lb.|
|Born:||October 29, 1987|
|Drafted:||2011 / Rd. 2 (35)|
Dalton signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Cowboys on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 32-year-old was cut by the Bengals earlier in the week, and it only took a couple days for him to latch on with a new club, though he's clearly not signing as a starter. There was significant speculation of Dalton landing with a team lacking a proven quarterback, but the TCU product will return to Texas to serve as the backup for Dak Prescott.
The Bengals are releasing Dalton on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Unable to find a trade, the Bengals finally relented and now will allow Dalton to become an unrestricted free agent. The move frees up $17.7 million in cap space for Cincinnati, while the 32-year-old quarterback figures to have limited options at this juncture of the offseason.
With the selection of Joe Burrow with the first overall pick official, Dalton's future with the team remains uncertain, though it's highly probable that Burrow will take over as the starter, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Something has to give with the Bengals still, with the team either having to move Dalton or another high-salaried veteran, as Dalton's $17.7 million salary will put the Bengals over the salary cap.
The Bengals may decide to keep Dalton, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Team and player both seem to prefer a trade, but it's difficult to find a partner in a market where free agent quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Cam Newton are struggling to drum up interest. Ultimately, it would make sense for the Bengals to cut Dalton if they do in fact use the No. 1 overall pick on Joe Burrow, as the 32-year-old quarterback doesn't have any guarantees on his $17.7 million compensation for 2020. It would be an unprecedented sum to pay for a backup, though it's possible Dalton would consider a pay cut and then hit the open market next offseason. It seems like all options are still in play here.
The Bears are trying to trade for Dalton or Nick Foles, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.
Analysis: It's no secret the Bengals want to trade Dalton before they use the No. 1 overall pick on Joe Burrow. The 32-year-old quarterback is expected to have some say in his next NFL destination, as the Bengals hope to remain on good terms with their longtime starter. It's hard to imagine Dalton having any complaints about Chicago, where he'd be matched with a good defense and likely would have the upper hand on Mitchell Trubisky in a job battle.
Dalton will have a say in trade negotiations this offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Expected to draft Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall, the Bengals will first explore options for trading Dalton, who has started 133 regular-season games and four playoff contests through nine seasons. The Bengals intend to find a trade that the 32-year-old approves of, hoping for a cordial exit for their longtime starting quarterback. Should nothing materialize, the Bengals can release Dalton without incurring any dead money, freeing up $17.7 million in 2020 cap space in the process, per overthecap.com. The veteran QB would then become an unrestricted free agent.
Dalton completed 16 of 28 pass attempts for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 33-23 win over the Browns. He also carried eight times for 10 yards and an additional touchdown.
Analysis: Dalton completed just over half his passes against a tough Cleveland secondary and was limited to 6.8 yards per attempt. He completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Uzomah in the first quarter and added a five-yard rushing score in the second. It was a rather fitting way to cap off the season for Dalton, who has been wildly inconsistent throughout and finishes with a 16:14 TD:INT in 13 games. He's under contract through the 2020 season, but the team seems likely to consider its options for upgrading the quarterback position in the offseason.
Dalton completed 33 of 56 passes for 396 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bengals' 38-35 overtime loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. He also lost a fumble and threw a pair of two-point conversion passes.
Analysis: Dalton capitalized on one of the most favorable matchups for a quarterback in the NFL this season, and the extra period helped him to slightly pad his final numbers. However, the majority of the damage was naturally done during regulation, particularly in a second half during which Dalton led the Bengals back from a 28-6 third-quarter deficit with four touchdown drives, the latter pair culminating in two-point conversion tosses. Just as impressive was Dalton's final touchdown pass of the day, which came with no time remaining to Tyler Eifert in a crowded end zone. Success such as Sunday's has been completely elusive for Dalton this season, and with Cincinnati having locked up the top pick in the 2020 draft with their loss Sunday, the 2011 first-round selection is very likely set to play his final game with the franchise in Week 17 versus the Browns.
Dalton completed 17 of 31 passes for 151 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions during Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Dalton kept pace with the Patriots early in the first quarter, tossing a quick eight-yard strike to Cethan Carter to respond to New England's game-opening touchdown and followed up with a field-goal drive that gave Cincinnati a brief lead. It was downhill from there as Dalton proceeded to throw three interceptions during his first four drives of the second half and four overall, including a grisly 64-yard pick six to Stephon Gilmore. The veteran passer has just two touchdowns and five interceptions in his three-game return to the starting lineup. Next up is a matchup the Dolphins that may help determine who the heir apparent is in Cincinnati beginning in 2020.
Dalton completed 22 of 38 pass attempts for 262 yards and an interception while carrying three times for 11 yards during Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Dalton completed just 58 percent of his attempts against a middling Browns pass defense and finished with a lackluster 6.9 yards per attempt. He finished without a touchdown pass for the third time this season and now owns a 10:9 TD:INT overall. Dalton should remain the starter next Sunday against the Patriots, but it's difficult to imagine him posting fantasy-friendly numbers against one of the toughest defensive matchups in the NFL.
Dalton completed 22 of 37 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-6 win over the Jets. He also finished with minus-4 rushing yards on five attempts.
Analysis: Dalton showed no signs of rust in his first appearance since Week 8, leading the Bengals to their first win of the season. He threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd in the first quarter and would have had another passing score in the second quarter if not for a brutal drop by tight end C.J. Uzomah on 3rd-and-goal. Likely entrenched as the starter the rest of the way after a three-game cameo by Ryan Finley, Dalton will lead the Bengals into Cleveland in Week 14 sporting a 10:8 TD:INT.
Coach Zac Taylor said Monday that Dalton will reclaim the Bengals' starting quarterback job, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: It appears the three-game experiment with Ryan Finley is over after the rookie signal-caller failed to get the Bengals in the win column. Dalton thus will be under center Sunday against the Jets, looking to build upon his 281.5 yards per game and 9:8 TD:INT from eight starts earlier this season.
Dalton completed 21 of 39 pass attempts for 235 yards, and committed one interception during Sunday's 23-17 loss to Baltimore. He also logged a two-yard rushing touchdown on the afternoon.
Analysis: Dalton endured his second zero-touchdown outing over the past three weeks, as the Bengals have mustered a total of just 20 points in two interdivision matchups to this point in 2019. Behind an offensive line that is down Cordy Glenn (concussion) and Andre Smith (ankle), Dalton absorbed a surprisingly low five QB hits and five sacks against the Ravens, after the Bengals surrendered four per game between Weeks 1 and 5. Upcoming next, Dalton and the Cincinnati passing game will likely have a challenging time moving the ball against a Jacksonville defense that has contained opposing quarterbacks to 361 total passing yards and one touchdown the past two weeks, after giving up a combined 607 passing yards to Tennessee and Denver during the two outings prior.
Dalton completed 27 of 38 pass attempts for 262 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Arizona. He also ran for five yards on two carries, and fumbled once but was able to recover the loose ball.
Analysis: The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback was coming off a nightmarish Monday night outing in which he completed worse than 57 percent of his pass attempts for 171 yards, with zero touchdowns, one interception and a lost fumble in a 27-3 drubbing at the hands of rival Pittsburgh. He was effective in the box score and on the field, exceeding 250 passing for the fourth time in five outings, and leading Cincinnati on back-to-back fourth quarter touchdown drives to knot it up at 23 at the two-minute warning, only to see the Bengals defense concede a game-winning 31-yard kick from Zane Gonzalez. Dalton and the 0-5 Bengals will travel to take on a Ravens defense in Week 6 that has allowed 340-plus passing yards in three of its past four outings.
Dalton completed 21 of 37 passes for 171 yards and an interception in Monday night's 27-3 loss to the Steelers. He also was sacked eight times and lost a fumble.
Analysis: Dalton had a would-be touchdown dropped on the Bengals' second offensive drive, and it all went downhill from there. Not only did he twice turn the ball over in the red zone, but he was also constantly under siege from Pittsburgh's pass rush, resulting in a career-high amount of sacks taken. Considering Dalton entered Monday averaging over 325 passing yards per game, it's likely he rebounds in Week 5 against the also-winless Cardinals. However, in order to do so, he'll need far improved protection from his lineman up front, and still won't have top wideout A.J. Green (ankle) available.
Dalton completed 20 of 36 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 21-17 loss to Buffalo. He added a one-yard touchdown rush.
Analysis: Dalton failed to complete any of his five passes in the first quarter, and things didn't get much better through the air after that, but Dalton did manage to find the end zone with his legs from one yard out in the third quarter. He later fumbled on the 1-yard line but had the error wiped out by an offside. Dalton took advantage of the second chance with a one-yard touchdown pass to Joe Mixon on the very next play. The quarterback had a chance to be the hero late, but he was intercepted on Buffalo's 10-yard line in the final minute.
Dalton completed 26 of 42 passes for 311 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Even with A.J. Green (ankle) out of commission, Dalton has managed an impressive 729 yards and four touchdowns through two weeks in head coach Zac Taylor's scheme. Dalton should keep tossing it for a struggling Bengals team, but it's fair to wonder how much longer Dalton can handle the beating he's been getting. He has nine sacks through two games and got slammed a few times against the 49ers. Next up is a stingy Buffalo defense.
Dalton completed 35 of 51 pass attempts for 418 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions during Sunday's 21-20 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Dalton took to the air as his team fell behind and Joe Mixon was injured, finishing with a new career high in passing yardage. A large chunk of his production came on touchdown passes of 33 and 55 yards to John Ross, who had a huge day in his own right. Expectations for Dalton were not high coming into the season, so this excellent debut is a happy surprise to his fantasy owners. If Mixon is forced to miss time, Dalton could be forced to air it out again next Sunday against the 49ers.
Dalton played three drives in Thursday's 25-23 preseason loss to the Giants, completing seven of 10 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: Dalton was solid in this dress rehearsal, with the highlight of his night coming on his final pass -- a 26-yard touchdown to tight end C.J. Uzomah. With star wideout A.J. Green (ankle) fighting an uphill battle to be ready by the start of the regular season, Dalton will need to continue relying on secondary weapons like Uzomah once the games start to count.
Dalton and the Bengals' first-team offense ran only 11 plays on three series in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins, committing six penalties in the process, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. "This week wasn't quite good enough. We've got a lot to improve on," coach Zac Taylor said. "That first drive, I don't know how to feel about it. Very disjointed. Too many penalties."
Analysis: Dalton was 5-of-9 in passing for 35 yards and threw a pick-six on a tipped ball that was returned 96 yards - had it not been tipped, it would have likely resulted in a touchdown pass to Trayveon Williams.
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