To preface, Dalton isn’t a free agent or had any news released about his potential release at the time being. However, given the fact that the Bengals will more than likely select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the draft, Dalton will likely be displaced soon.
It’s not impossible that the Bengals could retain Dalton and have Burrow play behind him for a short period of time, but I don’t see this being the long-term situation.
Dalton has had somewhat of a disappointing career with the Bengals. While there have been multiple seasons where he led the team to 8 or more win seasons, he has not had any success beyond the regular season.
In his four appearances in the postseason, he has lost each one of them. The closest the team has come to a win with Dalton on the roster came against the Steelers in an 18-16 loss, in which Dalton did not play.
As a player, Dalton isn’t a spectacular player, but he is fairly consistent. Since entering the league in 2011, he has only not surpassed the 3,000 passing yards mark once during the 2018 season in which he was injured.
He scans the field well and makes smart passes, but he can be considered more of a game manager than a huge playmaker. Almost the opposite of Jameis, Dalton does not make a ton of interceptions but his touchdown numbers are moderate.
Teams like the Jaguars, who recently traded away Nick Foles, could express interest in Dalton as an experienced player who won’t cause excessive turnovers. Dalton likely won’t expect a huge contract.
So he is an affordable option for the short-term and could potentially thrive more in a system outside of Cincinnati. On the bright side, all of these options will likely be affordable options for any team.