“This year there were a good amount of quarterbacks that were available,” Dalton said when asked about potential trade options in a story published by Bengals.com on Friday night. “I think it would have worked out differently if I had been a free agent when the new league year started. I was still under contract and that hurt me.”

“I’m sure teams knew they [the Bengals] were going to take a quarterback No. 1 and they would release me and there was no reason to rush into anything,” Dalton, who has yet to sign with another team, told Bengals.com

Dalton returned to the top of the depth chart after a three-game stint on the bench and led the Bengals to their only two victories of the season.

Dalton made 133 starts in his nine-year run with Cincinnati and led the team to the playoffs from 2011 to 2015.

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