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Contract extension could be coming for Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton, Marvin Lewis AP

Andy Dalton didn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence that he’s the Bengals’ long-term quarterback answer in Cincinnati’s playoff loss. But the Bengals still believe Dalton is the future of the franchise.

In fact, far from searching for a new starting quarterback this offseason, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says the team may sign Dalton to a long-term contract extension. Asked about a new deal for Dalton, Lewis said that was something the team would be interested in discussing.

“As a football team we would like to keep to continue to keep our good, young players,” Lewis said. “The representatives from his side and our team will get together and try to discuss something. We feel good about what Andy has done the past three seasons and we have to continue to help him to continue to play better.”

Lewis continues to believe in Dalton as a player.

“He is a driven young man,” Lewis said. “He’s been that way. That’s how he’s gotten to be where he is his internal drive. That is not going to change with Andy Dalton. It just continues to burn brighter.”

Asked if he’s convinced that Dalton can take the Bengals where they want to go, Lewis answered, “I’m very confident. And totally convinced. I don’t know how much more convinced and confident I could be with that. He is our quarterback.”

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31 Responses to “Contract extension could be coming for Andy Dalton”
  1. epack13sb says: Feb 23, 2014 3:34 PM

    The “Red Bomber” well deserved!

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 23, 2014 3:43 PM

    I like the Browns QB situation the most in this division. They have nobody. The other teams have overpaid and not so exciting players as soon as Big Ben and Dalton cash in again. The Browns own this division today until they allow somebody else to take it from them.

  3. cowboys4lyfe says: Feb 23, 2014 3:57 PM

    Hey Im new here..nice to meet y’all :)!
    Anyway Bengals fans, you can keep little Dalton the Ginger. We Have Romo :) and might be getting Manziel. Jerry and Johnny had a secret meeting last week, you all think Jerry wont trade up again in the draft? Stay Tuned!

    Super Bowl 2015, I can see it Now. Cowboys vs Broncos. Cowboys led by Romo and Manziel 50/50 QB’ing.. Manziel learns everything from Romo. Romo finally wins the big one. ELITE. Cant wait!! #Cowboys #FAITH #STAR!

  4. djlexluger says: Feb 23, 2014 3:59 PM

    The Browns own the division? Say what?

  5. burfictstorm55 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:06 PM

    WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON!

  6. Stiller43 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:15 PM

    As a fan of another AFC north team, they could do worse…but they could do muuuuuuch better.

  7. ajgreenhof says: Feb 23, 2014 4:21 PM

    Hue Jackson.

    That’s the answer to the question. “Why is Andy Dalton playing much better this year?”

  8. vicvinegar00 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:25 PM

    Could be worse, they could be stuck having to decide if they want Manziel.

  9. edmonddantes21 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:36 PM

    The only thing worse than constant mediocrity is constant failure in big moments. The Bengals can extend him if they want to but I dont extend Qbs who throw 22 picks in a season and that was his best season. Thats a problem

  10. carlsbadboltfan says: Feb 23, 2014 4:43 PM

    Allow me to enthusiastically endorse this move…wait…this just in…the Chargers have just intercepted yet ANOTHER Dalton pass.

  11. timmons94 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:47 PM

    Yes the browns with at least 11 losses 6 years in a row own the division. Yes the basement. Worst org in all of sports.. Hands down… They are a joke. Thankfully the steelers get the stains twice a year

  12. vprkilr says: Feb 23, 2014 4:54 PM

    The Cowboys reaching the Super Bowl? Say what?

  13. tomcous says: Feb 23, 2014 5:09 PM

    Smoke screen for a trade or drafting a QB? I was a fan of Dalton’s coming out of college, but I think he has shown his ceiling! I would love to see Kirk Cousins throwing to AJ Green & Marvin Jones!

  14. steelerdeathstar says: Feb 23, 2014 5:11 PM

    In three seasons, Andy Dalton has seemed like a solid but not great QB, who seems a bit limited, doesn’t respond that well in heavy pressure situations, and seems to lack a little fire as well.
    As a Steeler fan, I kind of hope that they do extend him, but Cincy should look to this draft at some point for a rookie QB with developmental potential, just in case.
    Three straight seasons of abject failure in the postseason, it’s fair to wonder if Andy Dalton can really do much better?
    I believe that he has two seasons left on his rookie contract…they should probably wait to see how this coming season goes before working on an extension for him. What would be the rush?

  15. JackedUpSports says: Feb 23, 2014 5:14 PM

    just another average carson palmer bengals qb

  16. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 23, 2014 5:20 PM

    The Red Bomber? Yes, he especially bombs in the playoffs.

  17. sungateman says: Feb 23, 2014 5:46 PM

    …………The Red BB Gun………..

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 23, 2014 5:50 PM

    This would be such a Bengals thing to do. Hasn’t he shown you enough yet?

  19. deerhuntinfool71 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    Ink him to a 5 yr extension please! Signed a browns fan. This dude is a choke artist.

  20. jmblosser82 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:52 PM

    Browns had chances to win the division, steelers and ravens have gone thru 2 down periods at the sane time since the Browns came back. Browns got into the playoffs once then got bounced by the steelers. Browns will never own the division unless the Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers all tank the season after week 1.

  21. mjw9326mjw9326 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:59 PM

    He is not worth overpaying to an extension. A Journeyman QB but not likely one who will get them to the promised land.
    Romo sucks big time.

  22. xcflqb7 says: Feb 23, 2014 9:35 PM

    I’m sure Pittsburgh hell the entire AFC would be happy to take the cap hit to add some bucks to that contract extension for the Big Game Bomber

  23. raiderapologist says: Feb 23, 2014 9:38 PM

    Career backup, but could probably start in Oakland as well as Cincinnati.

  24. jdphx says: Feb 23, 2014 10:01 PM

    HAAAAAAAHahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

  25. jmblosser82 says: Feb 23, 2014 10:47 PM

    I can see the Bengals drafting someone in the 3rd-4th round and maybe bring in a capable vet to try and light a fire under Dalton. However Dalton has a history if choking on the national spot light and will waste the time of the core of talented players.

  26. joetoronto says: Feb 24, 2014 5:21 AM

    I don’t understand the rush to resign him, unless mediocrity is what your after.

  27. jmblosser82 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:42 AM

    I would imagine they want to rush his resigning because Flacco got paid $120 mil and the QB average dollar will only go up.

  28. SmashMouthFootball says: Feb 24, 2014 10:06 AM

    Talented defense. A lot of talent on offense and still can’t get it done when it really counts. Bengals stuck in that grey area where they are not sure he’s it but the risk and cost of changing is too great. Exact same situation as Cowboys.

  29. drweedybaked says: Feb 24, 2014 1:29 PM

    Daltons Redzone

  30. diogenesnorthside says: Feb 24, 2014 5:13 PM

    If this happens it’ll be the same debacle as the Jets giving Sanchez that extension a couple years ago. They’ll be stuck with this loser. Kirk Cousins? Ryan Mallett? We need a real QB Marvin not Chad Pennington/Kyle Orton redux..

  31. bonniebengal says: Feb 24, 2014 6:08 PM

    Actually a good idea to extend him now and get a bargain. He will have a breakout year this coming year IF they give him a competent starting Center. Kyle Cook was a revolving door last year, especially during the playoff game.

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