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The Bengals don’t have to extend Andy Dalton. They have him under contract for a very affordable $16.2 million in 2019 and $17 million for 2020. In fact, they don’t plan on extending Dalton, according to reports. The Bengals are not the kind of team that wades into the free agency waters and it would be tough to convince any big-name free agent quarterback to pack their bags for Cincinnati. That kind of makes it looks like the Bengals are tipping their hand when it comes to the draft.

The current QB depth chart behind Dalton consists of Jeff Driskel, Brad Kaaya, and Tom Savage. There isn’t a name on that list that can be the future starting signal caller of the Bengals. It shouldn’t have to be spelled out that if the Bengals aren’t extending Dalton and they don’t have their future QB on their roster than there’s a good chance that they may be drafting a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Bengals have 11 picks in the 2019 Draft. They need to figure out how much draft capital they are willing to spend on draft capital. If Dwayne Haskins is available at the 11th pick in the draft, that’s a no-brainer. If Haskins is not on the board their options may be Drew Lock or Daniel Jones. Both are projected first-round picks, but both have concerns. Maybe the Broncos don’t invest a first round pick in a quarterback and attempt to fix their offensive line. In that case, one of Ryan Finley or Will Grier should be available at the No. 42 pick. If the Bengals are lucky, one may even be available at their third round pick which is slotted at 72.

Picking a quarterback in the 2019 draft gives them two shots at their future franchise QB. If their draft pick doesn’t pan out this year, they could always select another one next year. It would be better to have a rookie sit behind Dalton for two years than one if they aren’t ready. Maybe they draft a raw quarterback like Tyree Jackson and let him sit for two years before Dalton’s contract runs out. Dalton is a perfect bridge guy. The Bengals aren’t extending him now which means he may not be part of their future plans. At some point, they will have to move on from the player who set the Dalton Line — copyright Around the NFL podcast — which was supposed to delineate between quarterbacks who can and can not win a Super Bowl.