Even as Bengals owner Mike Brown has made it clear the money is a concern, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has made his stance equally known.
He wants to see quarterback Andy Dalton get a contract extension, and the sooner the better.
“We are hopeful we can get a deal done that works and Andy can put it behind him,” Lewis said, via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He can get back focusing on football. He doesn’t have to go into the season and worry about this contract thing, every week someone is going to ask him a question, . . . all those things that come into play later on. Let’s get it behind us.
“We are hopeful we can get a deal done that doesn’t preclude us from doing everything else we also want to continue to do — and soon — because we are sitting on a chunk of cap in order to get him done and continue to put the team together around him.
Lewis is leaning back on the steadiness of Dalton, who has started every game for three years, and taken his team to the playoffs all three. He’s also a coach, which means he’s always going to value the known above the unknown, even if the known might be topped out and about to get paid more than he’s worth.