Bengals in no hurry to extend Andy Dalton

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Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton will not be getting a new contract any time soon.

Although quarterback salaries have taken off since the Bengals signed Dalton to a long-term extension in 2014, Bengals Vice President Troy Blackburn says the Bengals don’t think they need to re-do the deal.

“We didn’t sign the Andy Dalton deal because we thought it was a good deal. At the time it was an expensive deal. It was a heavy lift,” Blackburn said. “We did it because Andy was a winning starting quarterback in the National Football League, he had demonstrated that. We know statistically your best chance of success is by rewarding your own players and maintaining that quality core. That is what drove that. We are certainly aware quarterback deals have evolved since then. We know that at the right time we will have to evolve as well. We don’t think this is the time right now. What we are going to focus on right now is building the best team for 2018 we possibly can.”

Dalton is due $13.9 million this year, which is on the low end for starting quarterbacks who are no longer on their rookie contracts. But with three more years on his deal, Dalton can’t really expect the Bengals to tear up his contract and give him a new one — especially when Dalton’s passer rating has declined three straight years.

Some day Dalton may get a new deal with the Bengals, but that day will not be this year. And probably not next year, either.

42 responses to “Bengals in no hurry to extend Andy Dalton

  1. They shouldn’t be in a hurry to extend him. He’s proven time and again that he can’t take them to the next level.

  2. Extend? Red Rocket seems near the end as Bengals starter. Oline should be better but they need to plan for 2 years from now.

  3. Where’s the “Bengals were so bad for so long, we’re happy to almost get a wild card every year” comments?

  4. Dalton is average but he is better than AJ McCarron. That is why he started while McCarron held a clipboard. I used to think Kaepernick fans were the most delusional but I think McCarron fans are even worse! The backup better than the starter? On what planet are you living?

  5. I definitely don’t think trading McCarron was a loss. The Bills don’t even seem to view him as a starter, and I question whether he was a capable backup. Problem is, you have Dalton, who could make anyone look like they deserve his job more than he does.

    I definitely wouldn’t extend with 3 years left on the contract. But honestly I think he is getting paid right about where he needs to be paid relative to other QBs in the league.

  6. So who thought it was even a good question to ask? “Hey Bengals, your QB has 3 years left on his deal. With each passing year he moves further and further down the scale of high paid QBs, and he certainly hasn’t gotten any better since he signed his last deal. Would you like to rip that up and pay him what current quality starters are making?”

  7. He’s under contract until 2021, why would they throw more money at him? Besides, they need the cap space to resign Geno and Dunlap. Throwing more money st Dalton would be stupid, even if they want him around another 10 years, this is a non story

  8. nhpats says:
    March 30, 2018 at 10:14 am
    They should have unloaded this guy and held on to AJ

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    Too expensive. They did it to themselves. They should have done that BEFORE they gave him that deal.

    You can’t trade mediocre people with bloated deals. Al Davis passed away a long time ago. lmao

  9. Steeler Empire loves Andy Dalton and we will continue to make retainment payments to the Bengals for holding on to him. Dalton is arguably the Steelers most valuable player over the last few years.

  10. I’m not saying Dalton is great, but he’s good enough, and he’s certainly not the reason the Bengals haven’t gotten farther into the playoffs. Foles and Keenum were able to lead their teams last season, mainly because the OCs allowed them to stay within themselves. QB isn’t a plug-and-play position – every QB is different. You’ve got to make adjustments and play to the QB’s strengths.

    Dalton is part of the Bengals organization – when the team loses in the playoffs it is an organizational failure, not solely because of the QB. It’s misguided and overly simplistic to put all the blame on the QB (or, conversely, to give the QB all the credit).

    So, Bengals fans, be careful what you wish for. You may get a new QB and find out that finding a new one isn’t so easy.

  11. The last two years have been some of the best of Daltons career given the Oline he had to work with, the lack of a running game, and the loss of all his receivers outside of AJ. Any other qb would get that pointed out in a PFT article. I know it’s the comment section and that throws out any true thinking. But I had to break it to you guys. Dalton’s probably beat your favorite team over his career. He’s actually already beaten every team. And all the hall of fame qb’s. Manning/Brady/Rodgers/Brees. Even the second tier Big Been, Rivers, Wilson etc.

  12. His passer rating has declined because his line was awful. He’s the most sacked QB over the last 2 years. Btw, Marvin Lewis is 0-3 in 7th playoffs with other QBs, all of whom played terribly. He is what Jeff Did he was to QBs. I’d love to see Dalton with a different coach.

  13. Kaz says:
    March 30, 2018 at 11:23 am
    The last two years have been some of the best of Daltons career given the Oline he had to work with, the lack of a running game, and the loss of all his receivers outside of AJ. Any other qb would get that pointed out in a PFT article. I know it’s the comment section and that throws out any true thinking. But I had to break it to you guys. Dalton’s probably beat your favorite team over his career. He’s actually already beaten every team. And all the hall of fame qb’s. Manning/Brady/Rodgers/Brees. Even the second tier Big Been, Rivers, Wilson etc.

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    Agree 100% and I think he gets bashed WAY too much. However, my knock on him after watching him since he has been a rookie is seeing way too many balls thrown out of bounds not giving receivers a chance, being too conservative at times and for the love of god why have I seen him multiple times throw the ball out of bounds on a 4th down play??? Makes NO sense!

  14. A brand new O line this year for Dalton. He will be running for his life on 3rd down. Just like last year.

  15. Quarterback pay is hitting a glass ceiling. Kirk Cousins only made marginally more than Jimmy Garoppolo. Drew Brees did not get $30 million to stay in NO. Aaron Rodgers has not gotten a pay raise yet. There is nothing to gain by paying someone under contract more money, unless he is tanking. If he is tanking there is even less incentive to pay him if he is already well paid for his position.

  16. can anyone name one player with 3 years remaining on their nfl contract that any team is currently trying to renegotiate a longer contract with?

  17. As I see many comments about Dalton’s offensive line which are completely valid…..I think the move of the off season that has been completely glossed over is getting rid of Alexander and hiring a new O-line coach. Alexander has gotten a pass for way too long and I believe this was one of the main things Lewis talked to Mike Brown about making changes if he is coming back. Alexander was a guy that has been there pre-Lewis era. I think the line will show significant improvement from this move alone.

  18. Teams approach players all the time to renegotiate contracts – so it’s not unusual for a player’s rep to approach the team if the deal they signed isn’t seen as “fair” anymore. It’s just the way the NFL works.

    Except for the superstars the teams usually get what they want.

  19. It really takes little to no effort to take shots at Andy Dalton. His 0-5 record in the playoffs is abysmal. Having said that, There are few qb’s in the world that can play qb as well as Dalton. Look at his record as a starting qb and you will be surprised at how many games he has won. His stats may have regressed the past two seasons but he really is playing his best football now. If they can get the line fixed and get something out of any receiver not named Green, they should be back in the playoffs. 13.9 million is a steal by todays qb salaries and whoever even asked that question to Katie is a moron. Dalton has three years left on this deal and it was signed with the intention to not hamstring the team so that they can sign/retain a competitive team. Andy is a talented player and a team first guy and when they get back on track I can see management taking care of him.

  20. silverandblacksabbath I’m not sure what is worse that you dont know what your talking about by saying Mccarron was traded or the fact that there are right now 30 others who agree with your sarcastic uninformed incorrect comment.

    TrueFBfan if you were a true football fan you would know Mccarron wasn’t traded he left as an unrestricted free agent.

    Should Dalton get a raise? No, but it’s not bad value for the Bengals right now as he’s making high end back up money.

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