Andy Dalton on his contract: I’m still a couple of years from it being up

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Andy Dalton, like every starting NFL quarterback, has watched with interest the contracts signed by Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins.

“I feel like it’s definitely trending upward,” the Bengals quarterback said during TCU’s Pro Day on Friday. “It’s every year it’s a new guy that’s making the most in the NFL, has the most guaranteed and all of that kind of stuff, but with the salary cap going on, there’s more money to hand out. I’m happy for Kirk. Kirk’s obviously played a couple of years on the franchise tag, so when you do that, he had leverage to get the contract that he got. We’ll see if it’s the new trend.”

Dalton signed a six-year, $96 million extension almost four years ago, which has him under contract through 2020. His $13.9 million base salary ranks 21st in the league for 2018, according to overthecap.com, and his per year average of $16 million also ranks 21st.

Dalton, though, isn’t complaining. He’s good with his deal.

“I’m still a couple of years away from my contract being up,” Dalton said. “It’s what I agreed to. It’s what I signed, so we’re going to let it all play out how it’s supposed to.”

Bengals Vice President Troy Blackburn said the team has no thoughts of extending Dalton this year, and Dalton said he didn’t expect a new deal this year.

“I wouldn’t expect it to happen this year,” Dalton said after being asked about Blackburn’s comment. “There are other guys that will be free agents next year that are a priority. We’ll see. That’s not what I’m thinking about. I’m not thinking about the contract for sure.”

What Dalton is thinking about is getting back to work with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who took over the play-calling duties early last season when the Bengals fired Ken Zampese. Head coach Marvin Lewis’ return means Dalton goes into the offseason program with the same offensive coordinator as he ended last season.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Dalton said. “I think that’s one thing with Marvin being back, we have a lot of changes in assistant coaches and we’ll have some different philosophies and things that we’ll be doing. It’ll feel new with the structure being the same with Marvin there. I’m looking forward to that. I think it’ll be a good challenge for guys. It’ll make guys who have been around a little bit, it’ll make us learn some new things, and I think it’ll be good for us.”

Dalton, 30, enters his eighth season as one of the team’s veterans. It doesn’t seem that long ago that he was leaving TCU, on his way to Cincinnati as a second-round pick to replace Carson Palmer, now retired.

“It goes by fast,” Dalton said.

38 responses to “Andy Dalton on his contract: I’m still a couple of years from it being up

  1. His $13.9 million base salary ranks 21st in the league for 2018, according to overthecap.com, and his per year average of $16 million also ranks 21st.
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    And he’s probably the 21st-best quarterback in the NFL, so seems like everything is about right.

  2. Give him an offensive line and keep Eifert on the field and Mr. Dalton is one tough cookie. Not sure why he is verbally abused by fans. How many playoff appearances and wins does Matt Stafford and Rivers have? Not to mention Cousins? Andy, keep being Andy and your time will come…….maybe even this year.

  3. Hard to believe Andy Dalton’s career earnings to date are $53.414M ($7.6M/season over 7 years). That’s a helluva lot of money for a very average QB. However, Bengals owner, Mike Brown remains comfortable with Marvin Lewis as his coach and the Red Rifle as his QB. This team is in desperate need of a shakeup.

  4. If you voluntarily sign a contract and earn $96 million you don’t have much to complain about.

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    >>Dalton signed a six-year, $96 million extension almost four years ago, which has him under contract through 2020. His $13.9 million base salary ranks 21st in the league for 2018, according to overthecap.com, and his per year average of $16 million also ranks 21st.

    Dalton, though, isn’t complaining. He’s good with his deal.

  5. Bengals are not in the mood to give him a raise when the team is not even close to making the playoffs. I am surprised the head coach wasn’t fired.

  6. sounds like someone who knows his value, but that he has underachieved so far.

    aj green is being wasted—there is a real chance aj mccarron is better?

  7. He has no leverage to renegotiate his contract because he’s a bottom 10 QB. If he demands more, the Bengals will get a new one in the draft and ship him to the curb.

  8. You think daltons career earnings of 53 million are high? Yeah check out Sam the thief Bradford or Kirk convienient Christian cousins, two guys that have never done anything in this league. At least Dalton is 20 games over .500 as a starter.

  9. Bungels are like that guy that stays with a cheating girlfriend because they’re scared to be single. Lewis and Dalton won their superbowl last year on 4th and 12.

  10. nopepper12 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    Give him an offensive line and keep Eifert on the field and Mr. Dalton is one tough cookie. Not sure why he is verbally abused by fans. How many playoff appearances and wins does Matt Stafford and Rivers have? Not to mention Cousins? Andy, keep being Andy and your time will come…….maybe even this year.
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    Philip Rivers made the postseason in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2013. He has won four playoff games, including one where an awful Chargers team blew out a favored Bengals team at home 27-10 in 2013 over the Red “Rifle.”

    Dalton and Rivers had similar starts to their careers (multiple postseason appearances starting from their first season at the helm). The Chargers then went into a spin, similar to the Bengals. Expect to look at the 2011-2015 Bengals as the “golden years” on Dalton.

  11. Peter Schrager , and Kyle Brandt are a couple of dorks! Oh, and “Good Morning Football” sucks too!

  12. Tebow has won more playoff games than Dalton. He also beat Dalton’biggest headache in the playoffs.

  13. Dalton is already way overpaid. He’s proven over and over again he’ll never be a Super Bowl winning QB.
    That said, they keep paying guys like Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez millions of dollars to sign, so I guess Dalton should make what he makes, too.

  14. exinsidetrader says:
    March 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm
    Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton will go down in NFL history as the longest together Coach-QB combo that never won a playoff game. Bet it.
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    Andy Dalton isn’t even the longest tenured QB to not win a playoff game under Marvin Lewis. That would be Carson Palmer. Maybe, just maybe the coach is the problem?

  15. shoesfinest says:
    March 30, 2018 at 11:04 pm
    If you count his playoff record he is only 15 games over .500 or as fans who want a winner put it…0-5 in playoffs
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    He’s 0-4. Marvin Lewis is 0-3 with other QB’s (Kitna, Palmer, McCarron) all of which played terribly.

  16. You’re only worth what someone is willing to pay you, and what you are willing to accept for payment.

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