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With Andy Dalton’s release, Bengals officially become Joe Burrow’s team

Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback
Sep 14, 2019; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (9) warms up prior to kickoff against the Northwestern State Demons at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals released veteran quarterback Andy Dalton on Thursday, marking the official start of the Joe Burrow era in Cincinnati.

Dalton asked for his release from the Bengals, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Despite Cincinnati’s best efforts, there were no takers for Dalton on the trade market earlier this offseason.

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Dalton finishes his tenure in Cincinnati as the team’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (204), second in passing yards (31,594), and the most fourth-quarter comebacks in team history (20). He was named to three Pro Bowls and led the Bengals to five playoff appearances. Needless to say, Cincinnati got the most out of their 2011 second-round investment.

The expectations are higher for Burrow, however.

Burrow told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that his expectation, even before Dalton’s release, was to be the starter.

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“That’s my goal,” Burrow said. “I’m going to work really hard to get there. That first snap of training camp I’m going to walk into that huddle super confident.”

Bryan Perez

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