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Marvin Lewis wants Andy Dalton deal sooner rather than later


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.

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28 Responses to “Marvin Lewis wants Andy Dalton deal sooner rather than later”
  1. chad504boy says: Mar 25, 2014 4:58 PM

    Marvin Lewis wants Andy Dalton deal sooner rather than later”

    You forgot the “t” behind “deal”.

  2. barneyrumble says: Mar 25, 2014 5:01 PM

    I don’t know if Dalton is topped out like the author implies may be the case, but as a Colts fan, I hope he is because his receivers are beasts.

  3. trezzyt says: Mar 25, 2014 5:07 PM

    Andy Dalton is Trent Dilfer 2.0 but idk if he can win the big game even with a great D. He is solid and worth a couple more years but Andy will never be elite unless he make some rich Gannon type career

  4. grimreaper12 says: Mar 25, 2014 5:07 PM

    Dalton > Cam.


  5. craniator says: Mar 25, 2014 5:21 PM

    Dalton and his agent submitted their contract proposal to the team’s management . . . it was intercepted and returned for a touchdown . . .

  6. thevikesarebest says: Mar 25, 2014 5:24 PM

    He’s mediocre,just like the packer defense.

  7. dolphinfan17 says: Mar 25, 2014 5:25 PM

    If he would stop choking in big games, he’d be worth a big contract

  8. Future HOF 20xx says: Mar 25, 2014 5:39 PM

    Bengals are right on that line – he’s not good enough and clutch enough to win you games but he’s not so bad you have to start over at the position. They are clearly trying to make it work with what they got.

  9. tedmurph says: Mar 25, 2014 5:43 PM

    Sign Dalton and Cincy will be sorrier than the Ravens are gonna be for paying jump ball Joe. They’d be smart to get rid of Lewis too…no wait, they’d still have the same ownership. Never mind.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 25, 2014 5:43 PM

    Can he play QB?

  11. Eutaw's Finest says: Mar 25, 2014 5:51 PM

    Basic math:

    Dalton – AJ Green = Mark Sanchez

  12. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 25, 2014 5:53 PM

    Ted you misspelled Super Bowl MVP Jump Ball Joe. But its ok I know they don’t teach much book learning up in Spittsburg.

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 25, 2014 6:16 PM

    Ted you misspelled Super Bowl MVP Jump Ball Joe. But its ok I know they don’t teach much book learning up in Spittsburg.

    Ted is from New England and they can spell words you can’t pronounce.

    Sign QB one and done for lots of money ….pure folley

  14. rutchaser says: Mar 25, 2014 6:16 PM

    I want the next Marvin deal to be never rather than sooner. Oh I forgot I’m too late.

  15. tedmurph says: Mar 25, 2014 6:20 PM

    Not a steeler fan. A FB fan that knows what he sees. Flacco had a great playoff run, but you’ll see. Last season is what he’s really all about(19 TD/22 INT/73 Rating). He’s mediocre at best and way overpaid. Good luck with that.

  16. samoanjungle says: Mar 25, 2014 6:46 PM

    I would cite the Offensive play calling as more of the reason the Bengals were 1 and done in the last 3 playoff games over blaming Dalton.
    Historically, the guy has had one of the best starts to a QB career.
    He is worth taking a chance on an extension and I believe Hue will be a bit smarter in the game plan than the previous OCs.
    The Bengals will win the AFC North again this year and get that elusive playoff win – mark it down.

  17. bengalsfan20 says: Mar 25, 2014 6:57 PM

    As frustrating as he may be at times, I give him a little bit of slack because statistically he’s had one of the best starts to a career in his first 3 seasons historically. I’d rather have stability then shuffle through qb’s on a constant basis like other teams do. He’s not the best, but you can do a lot worse than him.

  18. skolisstupid says: Mar 25, 2014 7:07 PM

    Coach Z should trade for Dalton. Vikes stink at the QB position. Skol

  19. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 25, 2014 7:13 PM

    Right On, thank You Marv! Signed -The rest of the AFC North. !!!

  20. tvjules says: Mar 25, 2014 7:19 PM

    Whatever big money deal Dalton gets, he needs to give AJ Green 75% of it.

  21. polamalusboyfriend says: Mar 25, 2014 7:23 PM

    All things considered, he’s the best QB cincy has had in 20 years. Mediocre or not…three playoff games in three years is more than the last 25 put together.

    Who’s out there that’s better? What choice does Marvin have but to support the situation he’s in?

  22. youplayinfoosball says: Mar 25, 2014 7:31 PM

    Ted is from New England and they can spell words you can’t pronounce.

    Lol you are probably right, words like “Caa”, ” Baaston”, “Hawkie” I can’t pronounce those.

    And I would be more careful about talking about QBs, yours is one helmet less motorcycle ride away from being a full-blown potato.

  23. shaggytoodle says: Mar 25, 2014 7:48 PM

    Dalton is ok as a QB. It isn’t as easy t lead your team to back to back playoff appearances, also don’t forget the guy has only had 3 seasons in the NFL.

    That being said, I don’t know how long Lewis has in Cinci. I could see them parting ways if things don’t get better this season.

    New coaches want their own QB most the time, just like Kelly/Foles Pagano/Luck McCarthy/Rodgers, because of that I could see Dalton being on the outs if they don’t get out of the first round next year, and a new coach comes in.

  24. troy43mvp says: Mar 25, 2014 9:15 PM

    Fun Fact….In 1990 the Bengals last won a playoff game. The same year the Simpsons debuted. Heck The Fox Network was only 4 years old and it would be two years until Teddy Bridgewater would be born.

  25. bengalguy says: Mar 25, 2014 9:20 PM

    Hey Benstinkyfinger! —–Right On, thank You Marv! Signed – BENGALS FANS!

  26. coachbeck says: Mar 26, 2014 1:27 AM

    Dalton will sign but it will not be crazy money which will allow them to spend elsewhere. 7-10m. None of this 17m number. They are smart to sign him before he gets that playoff win. Cause that will jump him up quick. And hue will help him get to the next step in development.

  27. shoesfinest says: Mar 26, 2014 6:49 AM

    And we want Marvin to leave…..signed Bengals Nation.

  28. jeanoroid says: Mar 26, 2014 9:55 AM

    Boy this place is just full of parrots.

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