Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks for an open receiver during the first quarter of their game against the Steelers, at Paul Brown Stadium, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Reports: Bengals release quarterback Andy Dalton

The Andy Dalton era is officially over in Cincinnati, according to multiple reports.

The Bengals released the veteran quarterback today, less than a week after drafting his successor -- Joe Burrow -- with the No. 1 pick.

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Dalton was due to make $17.7 million this season.

Dalton spent nine seasons in Cincinnati and helped lead the Bengals to five playoff appearances.

The 32-year-old finished his Bengals’ career with a franchise-best 204 touchdown passes. He ranks second on the Bengals’ list with 31,594 yards passing. Dalton was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He was 70-61-2 in 133 starts for the Bengals.

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Cincinnati drafted Dalton in the second round of the 2011 Draft.

Dalton led the Bengals to playoff appearances in his first five seasons. Dalton was 0-4 in the playoffs. He was injured and didn’t play in the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers in the 2015 playoffs.

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