Cincinnati Bengals: Not Planning for Life After Dalton

We’re going on Year 8 of Andy Dalton in Cincinnati without ever knowing if he’s a franchise quarterback. At what point are the Bengals going to ditch this same old song and dance? Dalton was efficient when he had an innovative play-caller and a great and healthy supporting cas  nike jerseys nfl cheap , but those days are long gone.

Case Keenum has a higher adjusted net yards per attempt than Dalton over the last two years and only commanded a two-year commitment by the Denver Broncos—after the Vikings passed on an extension. Dalton, somehow, has all the job security in the world.

This offseason, the Buffalo Bills used the first-round pick originally owned by the Cincinnati Bengals to move up to draft Josh Allen. At that point, Josh Rosen, who was drafted by the Cardinals, was also still on the board. When the Bengals did finally pick at No. 21, cheap nike nfl jerseys from china they passed up on snatching up former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

There were opportunities for Cincinnati to look forward at quarterback. If the Bengals finish sub-.500 for the third straight season, they’ll be kicking themselves for not going to bat for a young passer in a deep draft class at the position. Those opportunities may not be there in the 2019 draft. A first-round quarterback could have helped not only in 2018 but also the next decade.

As you can imagine, the 1-31 Cleveland Browns have played a lot of football players over the last two years who don’t belong as starters in the NFL. One player who did not fit that mold, though, was 2015 first-round nose tackle Danny Shelton.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Shelton was traded this offseason, along with a fifth-round pick, to the New England Patriots for a third-round pick. The Patriots already turned down his fifth-year option, meaning that they believed Shelton’s value on a one-year deal was roughly worth a top-100 pick in the draft.

That begs the question: Why did Cleveland move Shelton? Shelton played the second-most snaps among defensive tackles for the Browns last year behind Trevon Coley. Despite playing nearly 200 reps fewer than Coley, Shelton finished with only one tackle at or behind the line fewer.nfl cheap nike jerseys  Despite being a hulking nose tackle, Shelton was making plays in the backfield.

On paper, there was little reason for the team to make the move. Now an interior defensive line of relative unknowns will have to fill the void.