Preston Brown is set to hit free agency in March, but that is not stopping the linebacker from playing Buffalo Bills general manager.
Brown recently spoke with Jeremy Rauch of Cincinnati’s FOX 19 about a wide variety of subjects. Perhaps the most interesting comment made by Brown, a Cincinnati native, was that the Bengals should trade Andy Dalton to the Bills if they’re not happy with the quarterback.
Dalton played a big role in ending the Bills’ 17-year playoff drought. The Bengals quarterback threw a late-game touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd in the regular season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. Shortly after Dalton ended the Ravens’ season, Bills fans donated generously to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation.
Buffalo is expected to move on from Tyrod Taylor this offseason and the team could find his replacement in the draft, free agency or via trade. The Bills will keep all of their options open, but is Dalton a realistic possibility?
Anything can happen in the NFL, but there is no indication that the Bengals would move Dalton despite Brown saying “everybody talkin’ about go trade for him.” Bleacher Report’s Chris Simms predicted that A.J. McCarron, the Bengals’ No. 2 quarterback, would start for the Bengals at some point in 2018, but he never predicted the quarterback would exit Cincinnati this offseason.
Dalton probably won’t be the Bills’ starting quarterback in 2018, but Brown was correct about one thing. The quarterback would be treated like a king in Buffalo.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is among five finalists for the NFL Players Association’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award.
The annual award recognizes players for exceptional community service in their team cities and hometowns.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller are the other finalists.
The winner, who will receive $100,000 for his foundation or a charity of his choice, will be announced Feb. 1 at the NFLPA’s Super Bowl news conference.
The award is named for former NFL running back and Supreme Court Justice Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White.
Dalton and his wife provide financial assistance through the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation to families of seriously ill and physically challenged children.
A spike in donations to the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation came from the most unlikely source on Monday morning.
Dalton’s 49-yard touchdown throw to Tyler Boyd in a fourth-and-12 situation on Sunday night not only sealed a win against the Ravens to knock them out of the playoffs, but it also secured the Bills’ first playoff berth since 1999.
Fans in Buffalo were understandably thrilled, and they wanted to let Dalton know it. While the Bills organization promised to send the Bengals some Buffalo wings, the fans decided to donate to Dalton’s cause.
“I think I’m the hottest guy in Buffalo right now,” Dalton joked to the media on Monday. “According to my Twitter, I think everybody’s loving us right now. Obviously that’s a crazy fan base, and they’re all pretty excited.”
Dalton pulled out his phone to check the numbers on donations to his foundation, noting that most of them were in $17 increments. He thought about it for a moment, then he realized why.
The $17 dollars represent the 17 seasons between playoff berths for the Bills.
“We’re appreciative of that. Obviously they’re helping out a good cause. It’s been pretty fun to see the reaction we’ve gotten,” Dalton said.
Dalton tweeted Monday evening: “In the 24 hours since the 1st donation came in, over 2500 donors and just over $57,000 and counting! Last update for the night! I will update tomorrow. We can’t thank y’all enough!”
On Tuesday morning, the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation tweeted that they’ve raised more than $100,000.
Dalton and his wife, Jordan, formed the foundation after he was drafted by the Bengals in 2011. The foundation “provides support, resources, opportunities and life-changing experiences to seriously ill and physically challenged children and their families.”
Many of the foundation’s community outreach programs revolve around helping children, especially those with special needs, and their families in greater Cincinnati.
Although it’s hard to determine where the idea to donate to the Daltons’ foundation started, the idea appeared to gain traction on social media shortly after the Bengals sealed the Bills’ playoff fate and continued through Monday afternoon.
The foundation issued a statement Monday:
“Buffalo fans are a class act,” it read. “Thank you for showing your appreciation to Andy Dalton by supporting the families we serve. All of your donations will go to our outreach programs. We can do more with your help.”