Bengals Trading Andy Dalton To Bears, Getting Cam Newton?
Are the Bengals trading Andy Dalton to the bears and getting Cam Newton in a trade with the Panthers?
A lot of quarterbacks will be changing teams this offseason.
Up to this point, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers have stolen the majority of the headlines.
That said, plenty of other guys are moving around this offseason – namely Dalton, Newton, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and possibly Jimmy Garoppolo.
Recently, CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora threw out a scenario that would drastically change the direction for multiple franchises.
La Canfora proposed that the Bengals ship Dalton off to to Chicago. In return, the Bears would send back the 50th overall pick in this year’s draft.
Presumably, this would solve Chicago’s depth issue at quarterback and provide them with a credible alternative Mitch Trubisky.
From there, La Canfora believes that the Bengals should take that 50th overall selection, along with their first pick in the second round and first pick in the third round, and offer it to Carolina in exchange for Newton.
That way Cincinnati drafts Joe Burrow out of LSU, lets him sit behind Newton for a year, uses the franchise tag on wide receiver A.J. Green, and temporarily sets up both its present and future.
The sequence of events makes sense from all angles.
Sure, you are likely essentially renting Newton for just one season, but that is all you really need if you have Burrow waiting in the wings.
Carolina, meanwhile, gets precisely what the organization has made it abundantly clear it wants – to get rid of Newton and start fresh.
As La Canfora noted, getting the 33rd selection is basically the same thing as getting a first rounder for Newton. That is a lot more than anyone else would be willing to give up for a 30-year-old quarterback that has not been healthy in years.
Will this deal definitely go down? It remains to be seen. But does it make a lot of sense for both sides? Absolutely.