Bengals will not extend Andy Dalton’s deal before season

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The Bengals will not extend quarterback Andy Dalton‘s contract before the 2019 season, owner Mike Brown said, via Fletcher Page of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The team wants to see what Dalton does in new coach Zac Taylor’s offense.

“I think it’s a good year for him to show like he can, like we think he will,” Brown said. “After he re-establishes himself, we would want to get together with him and see if we can extend it.

“I think Andy is a good player, and that he will rebound off last year. He was hurt. We lost so many other pieces; it fell apart. But if he’s healthy and we stay healthy enough, I have confidence in him.”

Dalton, 31, signed a six-year, $96 million contract extension before the 2014 season. It runs through 2020. He will make $16 million in base salary and count $16.2 million against the cap this season.

Dalton went 50-26-1 in his first five seasons, leading the Bengals to the postseason four years in a row, but the quarterback has gone only 18-24-1 the past three seasons.

He finished last season on injured reserve with a thumb injury.

34 responses to “Bengals will not extend Andy Dalton’s deal before season

  1. Andy was good enough and so was the team when they made the playoffs. Their problem was the coaching.

  2. I think that is fair. He has to earn his next payday unlike some of the rest of the qb’s who feel that their turn has come and they are owed a barrel of cash. Dalton gets a lot of flak but there are much worse options at a much higher pay grade. He isn’t Brady but who is? I will say this, he has won a heck of a lot more than Matt Stafford has but has cost his team about a third of the price. At least the Bengals get respectability from Dalton most of the time.

  3. Would be a big mistake to extend the Red BB Gun. Bengals don’t stand any chance of getting to a Super Bowl with him at the helm. Seem to be a lot of good young QBs coming out of college these days. Better to take a shot drafting a new one than sticking with Dalton

  4. I don’t get to watch the Bangles that often, since I don’t have cable, but I was impressed by how cool and effective he was against Seattle in the 2015 regular season (IIRC) game. He beat Seattle with some impressive scoring drives, and I like it.

  5. Dalton isn’t one of the best QB’s in the NFL, but he wasn’t the main reason their record tanked over the last couple years. Poor coaching and a drain on talent was the main culprit.

  6. I don’t get to watch the Bangles that often, since I don’t have cable, but I was impressed by how cool and effective he was against Seattle in the 2015 regular season (IIRC) game. He beat Seattle with some impressive scoring drives, and I like it.
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    Don’t remember that game from four seasons ago, but, um, yeah.

  7. Dalton is a good qb. Period. Only 1 qb can win a superbowl each year. hes been un lucky.

  8. The Bengals don’t have the most competent front office, but even they have to know the Andy Dalton experiment needs to end soon. He’s been a decent QB, but it’s clear his best years are behind him. Draft a QB next month while Dalton still has a year left and can mentor a rookie.

  9. Dalton is to Cincinnati as Flacco was to Baltimore.
    Not entirely the problem, but not the solution either.

  10. Never been a better time to be a borderline serviceable qb in the nfl. Even if Cinci doesn’t pay him, some other team will throw around 15M a year for at least 1-3 years. Already made 100M- what a life.

  11. Andy D is a good QB, better than most ,just think the whole organization got complacent under former Coach. Hoping he can revive his career with new Coach , he has decent weaponry around him except OL is weak in spots. Defense didn’t play complimentary football last year either, very weak LB s . Also needs TE to,stay healthy.

  12. I don’t think the coaching was the problem. Don’t get me wrong I think coaching was *a* problem. But with respect to the QB position they do not have a franchise QB.

  13. The Redskins are going to trade for him. Keenum for Dalton, with some arrangement for picks swapped to make the value more balanced (say what you will about Dalton, but he’s the better QB, period). Jay gets to work with the Red Rifle again. I’m okay with it.

  14. It’s not unthinkable that Dalton could have a decent run outside of Cincinnati, if he got hooked up with the right situation. The Bengals are probably ready for a fresh look too. Sometimes it’s good when a guy plays his entire career for one team. This could be one of those times when it’s not.

  15. Dalton would have been better for JAX than Foles.
    But looking at near landing places… how about LasVegas when Carr flames out

  16. I think the Bengals are a dark horse to trade up in the draft for a QB. I could see both the front office and new head coach wanting to move on from Dalton w/ the new head coach wanting his own “guy” at QB. The Bengals could take a guy like Kyler Murray trading up to get him and let him sit behind Dalton his rookie year before jettisoning Dalton.

  17. Haha Andy Dalton a good QB? If you don’t have a strong arm in the NFL you better be accurate, Andy is neither. And wait until you see his pocket presence lol… if he rolls out, which he’ll do if he can’t find the receiver open he already planned on throwing to before the ball is snapped, then he throws the ball away. Do you really want me to tell you what this guy looks like in the 2nd of every single game he plays in? His 2nd half play and stats are flat out embarrassing. Anyone who says this guy is a good QB has not been watching him play for what feels like the last 20 years for Bengals fans.

  18. sportoficionado says:
    March 27, 2019 at 8:53 pm
    I’m surprised he’s not trade bait (unless he is), considering this is the last year of his contract and more than likely will not be retained.
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    Contract goes through 2020. Last I checked it’s still 2019. He’s got another year after this one on his contract.

  19. Dalton is a strange QB. He seems to put up decent QB stats. Not great but not horrible either. Decent enough to be a probowler 3 of 8 seasons though. Yet when you watch him play over a full season something always seems off. If he were cut I don’t know if he would end up as a starter or backup elsewhere. I guess a team desperately in need of a QB would take their chance on him. He does have a decent veterans resume. Or he may end up being a longtime back up like another flawed decent starting QB such as Byron Leftwich did on the back end of his career.

  20. It’s been hard for the Bengals to evaluate Dalton when he’s been running for his life and his best skill players have been injured. Dalton is a very good QB. He compares well to Goff. You saw what happened to Goff when he got a new coach and better players around him.

  21. charliecharger says:
    March 27, 2019 at 10:33 pm
    It’s not unthinkable that Dalton could have a decent run outside of Cincinnati, if he got hooked up with the right situation. The Bengals are probably ready for a fresh look too. Sometimes it’s good when a guy plays his entire career for one team. This could be one of those times when it’s not
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    In order for Andy Dalton to have a good run he would have to go to a good team that had a lot of talent around him with a good defense on the other side of the ball. Dalton is a point guard. Dalton is a distributor, he’s a very average QB who can win you games with a team around him but wont elevate a team on his own like a lot of good to elite QB’s will. The Bengals haven’t had above average to elite QB play since Carson Palmer. If he had not of torn his knee back in 05 that Bengals team would of won the Super-Bowl. Palmer’s 2005 Bengals were the real deal and they were good in 2006/07 but not nearly as talented as that 05 team. The rest of Palmer’s tenure the Bengals really messed up by going cheap and not building around him wasting most of Carson Palmer’s prime years . When he got a lot of talent around him again later in his career in Arizona he had a couple Pro Bowl seasons and an All-Pro season and took the Cardinals to the NFC Championship. If Brown hadn’t of been so cheap he would of won the Bengals a Super Bowl. I’ve always been a fan of Carson Palmer, I wish back in 2003 he would of went to a better franchise that prioritized winning ( No offense to Bengals fans but the Browns are notoriously cheap and definitely not about winning) and I think his career would of turned out much different.

  22. grant35 says:
    March 28, 2019 at 6:55 am
    Carson Palmer & Andy Dalton: the Bengals are used to paying QB’s $100m+ not to win anything.
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    No knock on Dalton but Carson Palmer was a far, far better QB than Andy Dalton is. They’re not even in the same tiers and are far different players. Carson Palmer is a #1 overall pick in any draft. When the Bengals had talent around Palmer for him to work with Carson Palmer was one of the best QB’s in the NFL, he was thought of as right up there with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady through 2007-2008 until the Bengals roster became a dumpster fire around Carson. When Carson Palmer went to Arizona and had talent at WR & RB he became an All-Pro/Pro-Bowl caliber once again and was one of the most efficent QB’s in the NFL under Bruce Arians especially in his MVP Caliber 2015 season when he threw for 4700YDs/35TDs/11INTs with a passer rating of 104.6. Palmer finished in the top 10 to top 15 all time in multiple different categories ranking 13th All-Time with 46,247 passing yards and 12th in TDs with 294 regular season TDs. Palmer was a much better NFL QB than Andy Dalton is.

  23. Look what they did after he got hurt. You may want to rethink your strategy, make him mad and he will listen to other offers. 5-5 with him and 1-5 without. He isn’t Payton Manning but he isn’t Ryan Driskel.

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