Rather than playing out his final season under contract, Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton will be staying in Cincinnati for quite some time.
According to ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Caplan and Adam Schefter, Dalton has reportedly agreed to a new six-year, $115 million deal.
From me and Adam Caplan: Cincinnati and Bengals QB Andy Dalton reached agreement on a 6-year, $115 million contract, per two sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2014
Upon calculation, Dalton’s average annual salary will be $19.2 million a year when it goes into effect, making him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL – per Spotrac.
Dalton, 26, is entering his fourth year as the Bengals’ starting signal-caller, and has led Cincinnati to the playoffs in every season. However, Dalton’s 0-3 in three postseason games.
During the regular-season, Dalton’s been outstanding. In 48 contests, Dalton’s thrown for 11,360 yards, 80 touchdowns, and owns an average quarterback rating (QBR) of 85.7. Yet, in the postseason, Dalton’s struggled. In three wild card round games, Dalton’s thrown for just 718 yards, one touchdown, and has been intercepted six times. He also possesses a lowly QBR of 54.4.
Speculation as to Dalton’s job began ramping up when Cincinnati drafted Alabama standout A.J. McCarron in the fifth-round, but now, all doubts of him being benched, or let go, have been obviously eliminated.
The one positive note to give Dalton is that he’s progressed by the season. However, given his experience in the playoffs, it’s hard to wrap our heads around the Bengals warranting him this new contract. Especially considering it makes him the highest-paid pigskin hurler.
This next season will certainly provide us with a bigger picture as to if Cincinnati made a good, or bad move.