Marvin Lewis wants Andy Dalton deal sooner rather than later

AP

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.

28 responses to “Marvin Lewis wants Andy Dalton deal sooner rather than later

  1. Marvin Lewis wants Andy Dalton deal sooner rather than later”

    You forgot the “t” behind “deal”.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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