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Structure, not dollars, will be the key to the Dalton deal

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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was picked higher than 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  It’s possible that Dalton also ended up with a better second contract.

Like Kaepernick, Dalton committed for six more years, putting him under contract through 2020.  But how long are the Bengals committed to Dalton?

When the details emerge (and they inevitably will), the key factors to consider will be:  (1) signing bonus; (2) fully guaranteed money at signing; (3) money guaranteed for injury only at signing; and (4) the timing of future triggers, if any, for converting injury-only guarantee to full guarantees.

Dalton’s deal also need to be scrutinized for de-escalators, like those in Kaepernick’s deal that drop his pay if he doesn’t take the team to the Super Bowl or become a first-team All Pro.  And it remains to be seen whether Dalton will have to dig into his own pocket and pay for a disability policy with benefits payable to the team, if Dalton suffers a catastrophic injury.

For now, all we know is that the deal is worth $115 million in new money, if the Bengals choose to keep Dalton for seven years.  That’s more than $19 million per year.  Chances are that, unless Dalton keeps taking the Bengals to the playoffs, he won’t make all of that money.  Based on the structure, it’s also possible that, if Dalton continues to thrive, he may realize that, come 2017 or so, he’s underpaid.

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  1. thepftpoet says: Aug 4, 2014 10:49 AM

    What’s the difference between giving Andy Dalton $115 Million Dollars and burning all the money in a fire?

    At least burning it in the fire was fun to watch.

    Waste.
    Of.
    Money.

  2. bubbybrisket says: Aug 4, 2014 10:49 AM

    Never trust a ginger QB…

  3. youreallmorons says: Aug 4, 2014 10:50 AM

    Here is 115 mil for being an average QB and never making a Super Bowl

  4. baltimoremikeg says: Aug 4, 2014 10:51 AM

    “If Dalton continues to thrive”

    Funny definition of the word “thrive.”

  5. joemammy says: Aug 4, 2014 10:52 AM

    “Structure” is good, ’cause he’ll never see those dollars.

  6. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 4, 2014 10:53 AM

    Better contract than Kaepernick? That’s appropriate since Dalton is a much better, well-rounded QB. Though stunningly gifted, Kaepernick is still learning many of the basics.

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 4, 2014 10:53 AM

    2013 AFC North Champions Cincinnati Bengals w/ Andy Dalton

    KNOCKED both pittsburgh and baltimore out of playoff contention.

    ENJOY.

  8. xcflqb7 says: Aug 4, 2014 10:53 AM

    Define “thrive” – how many times do you see a quarterback who gags in playoffs turn it around ?

    Cincy hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991 – until they make a run, the criticism is justified.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 4, 2014 10:57 AM

    Sounds like a sickly good deal for Dalton so far. But I’ll wait for sure until we learn more about the structure of this mega-millions jackpot payout.

  10. clebrowns216 says: Aug 4, 2014 10:58 AM

    As a Browns fan, thank you Bengals. I hope Dalton stays around for a long time.

  11. JackedUpSports says: Aug 4, 2014 11:01 AM

    He’s a fine QB, but Cinci is settling for mediocrity. Why not bring in a big time vet or use a high draft pick on a big time QB prospect to push Dalton and see what he’s really made of?

  12. Most of you would be rapturous if your team won just one measly Super Bowl. We won it once, then again, and again, and again, yet again, oh, look, another one. You shrivel in our shadow. We define greatness. We built the NFL. We are the Steelers. says: Aug 4, 2014 11:01 AM

    Slice it however you want, it will always end with broken hearts in December/January.

  13. dcapettini says: Aug 4, 2014 11:02 AM

    I don’t think that he is going to have to worry about being underpaid. With the offensive weapons that he has had and the defense that returns the ball often, if he could not win a single playoff game; even the games at home, adversity, when it comes, will blow him over much like it did Matt Schaub. Big numbers in a few blowouts doesn’t win a Lombardi.

  14. dacatindahat says: Aug 4, 2014 11:02 AM

    I suppose now we have to chose between Green and Burfict…ridiculous…

  15. ajgreenhof says: Aug 4, 2014 11:04 AM

    All the hate he gets is going to make it that much better when the Bengals defeat the Eagles in the Superbowl this year.

  16. t8ertot says: Aug 4, 2014 11:05 AM

    Lots of teams would like to have Andy on their team. When he inevitably wins a playoff game this year, this signing will look genius. Imagine how much money he would have commanded if he waited till after he won a couple playoff games

  17. stoutfiles says: Aug 4, 2014 11:08 AM

    Dalton gets the Bengals to the playoffs, which is basically a win if you recall the last 20 years of Bengal history. The playoffs themselves are a crapshoot…yeah, Dalton has played poor but so has the entire team.

    If the Bengals let Dalton go, who fills the gap? The Bengals aren’t in rebuild mode, they’d be throwing good years away trying to get a rookie QB ready to win.

  18. youpeopleareallthesame says: Aug 4, 2014 11:08 AM

    poet, go watch your own team flounder in last place while the big boys worry about their team

  19. partmachine says: Aug 4, 2014 11:10 AM

    It’s one thing when your QB hasn’t been able yet to lift the team of the hump, but when he’s the reason you’ve lost playoff games it’s a completely different thing.

    Can’t wait to see how long Cincity will suck.

  20. narfmoo12 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:11 AM

    $115M for the 15th rated QB last year? Also threw the 5th most INTs. 12 games with at least 1 interception, 5 games with multiple interceptions last year. 0-3 in the playoffs.

    Well done, Bengals. Well done.

  21. ctiggs says: Aug 4, 2014 11:14 AM

    Kaep>>>> Dalton in all phases of life and football. #Nobodyhasitbetter

  22. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 4, 2014 11:15 AM

    Looks like Ravens fans a glad to finally have something to talk about besides the dumpster fire of an offseason they have had…

  23. sellout1983 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:15 AM

    Well, here goes everything Bengals, Who Dey!

  24. andreweac says: Aug 4, 2014 11:15 AM

    Good thing Mike Brown has been so frugal with team facilities and payroll over the years. He clearly was saving up to burn $100,000,000.00+ on fire on a QB who doesn’t have the arm strength to throw outside the numbers in winter weather.

  25. t8ertot says: Aug 4, 2014 11:16 AM

    Can’t remember which, but Andy gets a lot of flack for a qb with the 3rd or 4th most TD last year

  26. misterfuji1982 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:18 AM

    This is an example of the franchise tag backfiring on the owners and benefitting players like Dalton and Flacco.

    Since there’s no other way to obtain a quality QB, teams have to overpay to keep what they have.

  27. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 4, 2014 11:19 AM

    Question: if Dalton is worth that much, what is AJ Green worth? Because, let’s be honest here, Dalton without Green is Sanchez. 40-something % of his yds were Green, the most of any QB-WR combo in the entire NFL. He relies on him too heavily. He’s the best receiver in the game right now, no doubt. He makes Dalton’s life easy-chuck it up and I’ll be open. Without Green you have a noodle arm QB whose ball has no zip, and crumbles in the playoffs consistently. Is that worth $115M?

    On a completely unrelated note, why are we so interested in details for guys like Dalton and CK, but when it comes to Flacco’s contract people just bark “$125M for an average QB” but never look at the breakdown of his contract, and how the Ravens are really only on the hook for 1 more year @ $18M, and if they cut him in ’16 only take a $3M bath and they will never have to pay him that $25M+ season because they structured his contract perfectly?

  28. Most of you would be rapturous if your team won just one measly Super Bowl. We won it once, then again, and again, and again, yet again, oh, look, another one. You shrivel in our shadow. We define greatness. We built the NFL. We are the Steelers. says: Aug 4, 2014 11:21 AM

    50-something QB rating in the playoffs. Tebow and Sanchez have better stats and have won a game. They also didn’t have the supporting cast Andy does. AJ Green should be getting this deal for making Dalton look competent.

  29. xcflqb7 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:22 AM

    Dr. Rust Belt – Baltimore and Pittsburgh use Division Champ T shirts for potty training puppies – 1991 since last playoff win – including 0 and three – 1 TD for Dalton and 6 INTs ’nuff said

  30. diminishingskills says: Aug 4, 2014 11:22 AM

    Scott Farkus, paging Scott Farkus. Spokesman for Crest Total White on line two.

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 4, 2014 11:24 AM

    Let the regression commence.

  32. weepingjebus says: Aug 4, 2014 11:25 AM

    During the playoffs last year someone coined the phrase “Red Romo”. I’m too lazy to go back and see who it was, but — I salute you.

  33. drudema says: Aug 4, 2014 11:25 AM

    So how does this help team moral? When a mediocre quarterback is now worth almost 20 mil and great game changing players have to fight for a fraction of that. Sounds like a recipe for deep resentment and animosity.

  34. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 4, 2014 11:29 AM

    This rivals the Flacco deal as officially the worst money spent in the nfl in the past decade.

  35. slow2spk1 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:30 AM

    The knock on the playoff loses are justified however there are 32 starting QB’s in the NFL. Not hard to go to NFL.com and see where he has ranked throughout his career.

    2013:
    7th – Yards
    3rd – TD’s
    6th – 20+ Passes
    1st – 40+ Passes

    2012:
    16th – Yards
    7th – TD’s
    24th- 20+ passes
    3rd – 40+ passes

    2011:
    16th -Yards
    13th – TD’s
    12th – 20+ passes
    8th – 40+ passes

    Seems to be a player who is not only consistent (insert consistently bad in playoff jokes here) but also seems to be on the rise. Couple that with the fact that in Marvin’s first 8 seasons with the bengals he had 2 winning seasons, since Dalton was drafted three straight playoff appearances.
    Not a bad deal for a franchise that once paid large sums of money to David Klingler, Scott Mitchell, Paul Justin, Gus Ferrotte, Akili Smith and Jay Schroeder to line up at QB

  36. bengalsucker says: Aug 4, 2014 11:30 AM

    I like how everyone justifies this because we wont the division last year. Yeah we wont he division. Who cares? We got handled by a bad Chargers team in the playoffs. Most of the issue was Andy. Actually, Andy was one of the main issues in 3 straight playoff losses. yeah there were other issues there, but Andy screwed the pooch in all 3 losses. Yet this is justified? Not hardly. This guy is mediocre at best. With the way Campbell played for Hue in Oakland, I wouldn’t be shocked if Campbell gave Andy a run for his money. Andy is just not that good.

  37. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 4, 2014 11:30 AM

    Dalton is a solod QB not sure hes worth that much. again have to wait to see how the deal is structured .

    NFL needs to only report fully guaranteed money thats all that really matter

  38. sirtalonhawk says: Aug 4, 2014 11:37 AM

    First off, this is a really good deal for Cincinnati Bengals. You all know by now that he won’t see all that money, and he is paid in the 2nd tier of QB’s where he deserves to be paid. Like him or not…. he has improved his numbers every year and no-one other than Peyton or Bress put up better numbers. Yes he has folded in the playoffs but how many QB’S haven’t struggled in their 1st 3 years. Big Ben and Flacco didn’t have the burden of winning the games on their shoulders like Dalton has as far as they had extremely strong running games and top 5 defense that they could rely on as they continued to grow as QB’S. It wasn’t until years later that the teams changed their direction and handed the keys to Big Ben and Flacco in terms of throwing the ball 35 times a game. Dalton has had to do that since he started as a rookie. Remember peeps……he has started 3 years…and he didn’t have a veteran corps of receivers to throw to, AJ Green was drafted the same year. All of our starting receivers have been drafted in the last 3 years besides Gresham and he is a tight end.
    Remember San Diego gave up on Brees because they had another QB who was big time coming in. Other than Bridgewater…….I didn’t see a QB in the last 2 drafts who I would want more than Dalton where the Bengals didn’t have to give up huge multiple draft picks likes Washington did for RG3

  39. starfan79 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:39 AM

    thats the market now.. and thats why backup qb’s will be paid too much money to hold a clipboard cause their value now rises

  40. dcmichael88 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:43 AM

    Re-signing Dalton before he finishes out his rookie deal makes no sense. Were they afraid someone was gonna swoop in and offer 120 mil next year? No way

  41. narfmoo12 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:51 AM

    Nick Foles is now worth 1 Billion dollars. Dalton tossed 20 picks, and had 5 games with multiple picks. Dalton had 150% more games with multiple picks last year than Foles had interceptions last year.

  42. kpizzow says: Aug 4, 2014 11:57 AM

    Joe Flacco playoff record – 9-4 and a Super Bowl.
    Dalton – 0-3.
    Sounds like we have a new ‘overpaid’ qb to bash….
    Flacco had done more with less and wins when it counts. The pressure on Dalton will go up even higher this year and he will fade like a sunset…

  43. randomcommenter says: Aug 4, 2014 11:59 AM

    Good news for the steelers. Each rival AFC North team is now tied to an overrated and overpaid QB, Flacco, Dalton, and Manziel.

  44. codythao35 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:01 PM

    No longer structure when you pay a player that kind of money. It will prevent team from signing great players in free agencies. What they have is what they got. Not enough talents around Dalton. Just like the cheese heads in little WI, Rodgers took the big money and look where they are. Even my granny can do better than those clowns.

  45. pskotte says: Aug 4, 2014 12:05 PM

    Hope that the contract contains lots of incentives.

  46. guitarfreak21 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:08 PM

    Dalton has to believe in himself as every player must, but deep deep inside… he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

  47. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 4, 2014 12:09 PM

    Andy > Jump ball Joe and Run for your life Kap, any day of the week!~

    The latest loss in the playoffs was Jay Grudens fault, plain and simple, anyone watching those games could tell you that!

  48. t8ertot says: Aug 4, 2014 12:11 PM

    It took Peyton Manning 6 years to win a playoff game

  49. rutchaser says: Aug 4, 2014 12:12 PM

    Browns fans – I wouldn’t say a word about anyone or any team if I were you.

  50. jm91rs says: Aug 4, 2014 12:24 PM

    This guy wins in the regular season, he just does. So all of you AFC North fans that keep saying thanks Bengals, remember that his team has been to the playoffs in 3 straight years, and when his team goes, the likelihood of your team going decreases significantly. Dalton has proven nothing beyond regular season success, and I wouldn’t have paid him until he did. It’s worth nothing though that he’s only been in the league for 3 years so it’s not like he’s really behind schedule for a 2nd round qb. Also note that absolutely no one steals money from Mike Brown, so don’t be shocked if his cheap ways have somehow structured the deal to be team friendly.

  51. nopepper123 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:26 PM

    This deal was done many weeks ago……….just announced now. You knew it was coming and as a Bengal fan I’m glad it’s over. Dalton is VERY competent and only getting better. Bengals are lucky to have him.

  52. narfmoo12 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:39 PM

    nopepper123 says: Aug 4, 2014 12:26 PM

    This deal was done many weeks ago……….just announced now. You knew it was coming and as a Bengal fan I’m glad it’s over. Dalton is VERY competent and only getting better. Bengals are lucky to have him.

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    Getting better? He threw 20 interceptions last year, which was a career high! 12 games with an INT, 5 with multiple INTs. Still can’t read a blitz pre-snap, or react to one after the snap.

  53. Kaz says: Aug 4, 2014 12:55 PM

    Only fans of teams like Denver, NE, San Fran, Seattle, and Indy have room to talk. Everyone else turning their nose up to a qb who has never missed the playoffs, and has never had a losing season show your teams record the last 3 years….

  54. steelcurtainn says: Aug 4, 2014 1:10 PM

    Only the Bungles would give a mediocre qb that much money. A few more years of one and dones and then it will be back to being out of the playoffs for 10 years.

  55. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 4, 2014 1:18 PM

    sirtalonhawk says:
    Aug 4, 2014 11:37 AM
    …Big Ben and Flacco didn’t have the burden of winning the games on their shoulders like Dalton has as far as they had extremely strong running games and top 5 defense that they could rely on as they continued to grow as QB’S. It wasn’t until years later that the teams changed their direction and handed the keys to Big Ben and Flacco in terms of throwing the ball 35 times a game. Dalton has had to do that since he started as a rookie.
    ___________________________________
    I’m not 100% sure what you are talking about here. Cincy had the 3rd ranked D last year and a middle of the pack running game last year and Dalton STILL fell apart in the playoffs. And you can discuss his young wideouts but you’re declining to talk about Dalton having the #1 wideout in the NFL. To compare? When Flacco won his SB he had 11-0 TD-INT run, the 11th rushing offense, the 16th ranked D, and his #1 wideout didn’t even break 1,000yds in the reg season (Boldin had 921yds, while in AJ Greens WORST season he had 1057yds). Statistically speaking? Flacco had a worse surrounding cast in his 4th year and won a SB than Dalton did in his 3rd year when he crumbled again. So using that logic? FAIL.

  56. packersarethebest says: Aug 4, 2014 1:24 PM

    It’s official; Mike Brown has gone the way of Ol’ Man Davis. No QB except the one wearing the Green & Gold is worth this much $$$.

  57. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 4, 2014 1:24 PM

    Kaz says:
    Aug 4, 2014 12:55 PM
    Only fans of teams like Denver, NE, San Fran, Seattle, and Indy have room to talk. Everyone else turning their nose up to a qb who has never missed the playoffs, and has never had a losing season show your teams record the last 3 years….
    ___________________________
    You do know the Ravens have won the division 2 of the last 3 years and have a SB to show for it, right? And every team that has won a playoff game since Dalton entered the league deserves a good laugh. So that would be: Den, NE, Sea, SF, Bal, Indy, SD, KC, NO, Atl, GB, NYG, Hou. So 13 franchises.

    Enjoy your Romo contract!

  58. sbchampsagain says: Aug 4, 2014 1:25 PM

    Dalton does NOT have a winning record against the AFCN.

    8-10 career vs AFCN
    56% completion
    24TD 23 INT
    73 QB Rating

    2-4 vs Baltimore
    2-4 vs Pittsburgh
    4-2 Vs Cleveland.

  59. packersarethebest says: Aug 4, 2014 1:26 PM

    Most of you would be rapturous if your team won just one measly Super Bowl. We won it once, then again, and again, and again, yet again, oh, look, another one. You shrivel in our shadow. We define greatness. We built the NFL. We are the Steelers.
    ——————————-

    IS THAT YOUR USERNAME? Wow!

  60. 6thsense10 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:26 PM

    narmoo12,

    Yes Dalton is definitely getting better. Stop cherry picking stats to back your bias.

    2013 Dalton’s stats where:
    4293 pass yards, 33 passing TDs, 20 into, 61.9 completion %, and QB rating of 88.8 yards per completion 11.8, yards per game 263. Not to mention playing all 16 games for the third straight year.

    In every statistics category save for interception and completion % Dalton has improved.

  61. ed3557 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:29 PM

    I really don’t get the negativity on this signing. He’s looked bad in the playoffs, but he’s gotten to the playoffs 3 straight years (the first Bengals’ QB to do that) and hasn’t missed a start. More important is that they had no realistic ‘Plan B'; there are no free agents coming up that are better than him and they won’t finish high enough in the draft to get a sure thing from college; it’s a reasonable move based on the market and his regular season performance. Sure everyone here wants playoff wins, but I’ve yet to hear from anyone bashing this what their alternative is.

  62. 941bucs says: Aug 4, 2014 1:41 PM

    I want to get one of those fathead posters of the pic used in this article

  63. vusnu says: Aug 4, 2014 1:53 PM

    I think time will demonstrate that Dalton is a good player and that Jay Gruden had little to do with it. If Gruden was such a good coach, why would have Washington hired him?

  64. narfmoo12 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:56 PM

    6thsense10 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:26 PM

    narmoo12,

    Yes Dalton is definitely getting better. Stop cherry picking stats to back your bias.

    2013 Dalton’s stats where:
    4293 pass yards, 33 passing TDs, 20 into, 61.9 completion %, and QB rating of 88.8 yards per completion 11.8, yards per game 263. Not to mention playing all 16 games for the third straight year.

    In every statistics category save for interception and completion % Dalton has improved.

    —————————————-

    How dare I use INTERCEPTIONS and COMPLETION % to show that a QUARTERBACK isn’t improving!

    Those numbers show that his decision making is getting worse. Also, he has 1 TD in 3 playoff games. And even worse, his “improvement” season got him only to 15th in QB rating. Still can’t read a blitz, pre or post snap.

  65. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:11 PM

    Aug 4, 2014 10:58 AM

    As a Browns fan, thank you Bengals. I hope Dalton stays around for a long time.
    ————————————————–
    Oh no problem, and thank you to guys for always taking the basement in the AFC North. I really do appreciate it.

    Dalton is 4-2 vs the Browns. Just saying. I know you want to be beaten more than that and its not a surprise considering you’re a Clowns fan

  66. slow2spk1 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:11 PM

    How dare I use INTERCEPTIONS and COMPLETION % to show that a QUARTERBACK isn’t improving!

    Those numbers show that his decision making is getting worse. Also, he has 1 TD in 3 playoff games. And even worse, his “improvement” season got him only to 15th in QB rating. Still can’t read a blitz, pre or post snap.

    __________________________________

    Nope you are right that he made mistakes more frequently. I would put some of that on the coaches though. If you want a QB to make fewer mistakes why ask him to throw it even more. In three years his pass attempts increased from 516 in ’11 to 586 in 2013. Also, in last years playoff game he had 51(!) pass attempts. By comparison Russell Wilson had 68 attempts the entire playoff run and Superbowl.
    You can pile on for Dalton’s decision making but I, for one, think the blame on that fell on the Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden.
    Good luck Redskins.

  67. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:15 PM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Aug 4, 2014 1:25 PM

    Dalton does NOT have a winning record against the AFCN.

    8-10 career vs AFCN
    56% completion
    24TD 23 INT
    73 QB Rating

    2-4 vs Baltimore
    2-4 vs Pittsburgh
    4-2 Vs Cleveland.
    —————————————————–
    Not too bad. Those numbers will change. I know he can put a beating on the Steelers and Ravens easily only if gets good play calls from his OC.
    The Browns yawn. Well, well…No comment

  68. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 4, 2014 2:17 PM

    Some of you are going to sound ignorant for comparing this contract to Flacco’s once the details of the contract are known.

    But why wait for facts when there is a dogpile to jump on?

  69. 6thsense10 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:28 PM

    narfmoo12,

    Actually it’s how dare you cherry pick statistics. So does touchdowns not say anything about a QBs decision making? What about qb rating? You sir have a bias and cherry pick what you want as far as stats go to back it up.

  70. unrulyondamic says: Aug 4, 2014 2:32 PM

    Whoever said Dalton is Sanchez without AJ Green, must have forgotten about Marvin Jones’ 10 TD catches last year. AJ’s not the only weapon, and even if he was, he isn’t now.

    Fact: He HAS knocked both Steelers and Ravens out of the playoffs.

    Fact: He HAS beaten Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Big Ben, Joe Flacco, Andrew Luck, etc. etc.. I don’t care if it was the defense or not, he was the starting QB. Plain n Simple

    And one of the biggest points that nobody remembers.. He’s already done more in 3 years here than Carson freakin’ Palmer ever did. He’s taken the Bengals to more playoff appearances in half the time, whether he’s won the game or not. Inconsistent, yes, but Brady, Rodgers and Luck must be too if they’ve lost to this guy…. Jus sayin’

  71. cincyalldaway says: Aug 4, 2014 2:33 PM

    clebrowns216 says:
    Aug 4, 2014 10:58 AM
    As a Browns fan, thank you Bengals. I hope Dalton stays around for a long time.
    ===============================
    Why??? Obviously you can’t beat him! LMAO

  72. cincyalldaway says: Aug 4, 2014 2:37 PM

    JackedUpSports says:
    Aug 4, 2014 11:01 AM
    He’s a fine QB, but Cinci is settling for mediocrity. Why not bring in a big time vet or use a high draft pick on a big time QB prospect to push Dalton and see what he’s really made of?
    ===============================
    Uh problem here…who are the BIG TIME vets you’re speaking of and where are they? There are no big time vets out there worth looking at. As far as the draft pick goes, thanks to Dalton, we have had a pick in the draft early enough to even think about one in quite some time.

  73. vikinganswer says: Aug 4, 2014 2:45 PM

    See why the Vikings dont want franchise QBs or in this case an avg to slightly over avg QB, you dont have to pay them this outrageous amount of money. He will be lucky to see 30% of this $$.

  74. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 4, 2014 3:03 PM

    cincyalldaway says:
    Aug 4, 2014 2:33 PM

    clebrowns216 says:
    Aug 4, 2014 10:58 AM
    As a Browns fan, thank you Bengals. I hope Dalton stays around for a long time.
    ===============================
    Why??? Obviously you can’t beat him! LMAO

    ——————————————————
    LOL! That was a good one.
    Those Clowns fans don’t get it. A little “special” we just have to tap them on the back and say, its ok

  75. cincyalldaway says: Aug 4, 2014 3:29 PM

    ctiggs says:
    Aug 4, 2014 11:14 AM
    Kaep>>>> Dalton in all phases of life and football. #Nobodyhasitbetter
    ===============================
    Not even close…….#cincyhasitbetter!

  76. sirtalonhawk says: Aug 4, 2014 3:43 PM

    I’m not 100% sure what you are talking about here. Cincy had the 3rd ranked D last year and a middle of the pack running game last year and Dalton STILL fell apart in the playoffs. And you can discuss his young wideouts but you’re declining to talk about Dalton having the #1 wideout in the NFL. To compare? When Flacco won his SB he had 11-0 TD-INT run, the 11th rushing offense, the 16th ranked D, and his #1 wideout didn’t even break 1,000yds in the reg season (Boldin had 921yds, while in AJ Greens WORST season he had 1057yds). Statistically speaking? Flacco had a worse surrounding cast in his 4th year and won a SB than Dalton did in his 3rd year when he crumbled again. So using that logic? FAIL.

    uhh hello….you obviously don’t read well BEFORE YOU REPLY TO SOMEONES COMMENT…….

    I was comparing Daltons 1st 3 years in the league compared to to Flaccos. Flacco wasn’t throwing the ball to win games then like he is now. The Ravens won with defense and strong running game. The Bengals have a strong defense but any moron will tell you the Bengals DID NOT have a strong running game the 1st 3 years of his career. My suggestion is READ THE ENTIRE POST!!!!

    Flacco is now throwing to win games after he had years before the Ravens put the offense behind him…… My point was Dalton has never had that luxury when he entered the league

  77. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 4, 2014 5:54 PM

    unrulyondamic says:
    Fact: He HAS knocked both Steelers and Ravens out of the playoffs.
    —————————————
    This is not technically a fact. The fact is, Dalton has never knocked anyone, besides his own team, out of the playoffs. ‘Knocking out’ implies they were already in. Dalton has kept teams from getting into the playoffs, but he has never knocked anyone out of the playoffs.

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